THE staggering figure of 4400 meals prepared by volunteers at Our Big Kitchen (OBK) each week, for people in need across Sydney – and now also flood-affected northern NSW – was what struck NSW Governor Margaret Beazley, and her husband Dennis Wilson, most when they visited the Jewish-run charity on March 11.
“That can only get done because of generosity, because of volunteering, and because of people who look beyond themselves,” Governor Beazley said.
“Food brings people together and creates community – but some people just don’t have food.
“OBK is a significant operation, it brings bodies and souls together, and everyone involved is a giving, and doing, type of person.
“And that’s so important, because there will always be someone who needs a helping hand in some way.
“I’ve come today to see, and experience, the very good work that is done here for myself … and can I just say … thank you for what you do.”
The Governor’s visit came exactly one week after OBK announced a partnership with Ambulance NSW to facilitate the delivery of hundreds of prepared meal packs to people in need, and emergency services personnel, in flood-stricken Lismore in northern NSW.