Financial assistance needed to get 'The Table' going on KI

THE TABLE: KI Comunity Table committee members Sue Brauer and Char Pahl at Chocol'Art coffee shop discuss establishing a soup kitchen for homeless and disadvantaged people living on Kangaroo Island.
THE TABLE: KI Comunity Table committee members Sue Brauer and Char Pahl at Chocol'Art coffee shop discuss establishing a soup kitchen for homeless and disadvantaged people living on Kangaroo Island.

Funds and community support are desperately needed to get the Kangaroo Island Community Table going on a permanent basis.

The KI Community Table, to be known as The Table for short, aims to provide free meals for disadvantaged, lonely and homeless people.

The service commenced in Kingscote on Christmas Day 2018 and served another meal late January, both at the Junction Community Centre. Both these meal services were very successful.

Attending were elderly people and others without family on the Island, who were missing companionship during the festive season and others who are struggling financially or otherwise disadvantaged.

KI Community Table committee chairperson Char Pahl said that those who attended wanted the service to continue.

The free meals provided by The Table would be filling, tasty and nutritious, but it was about more than just food.

"We also provided a welcoming environment with helpful people, friendly faces, and a safe place for people to enjoy their meal," she said.

"There is a big group of people on KI on low incomes that are struggling to make rent or mortgage payments, and surprisingly there are a number of people who are homeless or couch surfing to survive. Being able to go out for a really nice meal is a big treat."

"The hope was to have regular dinners and also to start making frozen meals that could be accessed in between dine-in services," she said.

"Once established we will be looking in to providing this service in other towns on the Island also," she said.

Community Centre coordinator Maree Baldwin said that she was very supportive of the concept and had offered the centre as a venue for lunches, so that services may be available for those who may need it. "We support anyone trying to feed our community," she said.

The community centre was also looking forward to having the frozen meals cooked at its kitchen, which it could then make available to those in need, along with hampers of donated food.

Fundraising has commenced with a target of $5000 and while the response had been positive with lots of "likes" on social media, organisers had been left a little disappointed that more people had not made a donation.

While there are no shortage of volunteers to help with food preparation, funds were needed to pay for insurance and other costs, she said.

The KI Community Table is now a registered charity and donations can be made to its bank account at BSB 105 094 and account number 035 428 940 or contact Char directly at 0427 679 691 or at kicommunitytable@gmail.com

"This is a call out to businesses and residents, any amount will assist us to get up and running," she said.

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