The Meals 4 You Ministry, a joint Prince of Peace Church and Prince of Peace Lutheran College initiative to help local families and individuals in need, reached a significant milestone on Thursday 15 October, with the cooking of the ministry’s 5000th meal.
Brisbane City Council representative for McDowall, Councillor Norm Wyndham, was on hand to assist on the day, and to date over 500 College and Church families have supported Meals 4 You.
Around 30 volunteers from the College and Church meet four times a year in the College kitchen, each time preparing approximately 360 meals. In 2015, an additional 300 meals have been prepared between cooking days to meet the need in the community. Each week, between 50 and 70 meals are delivered free of charge directly to people in need by members of the College and Church communities.
Meals 4 You started in 2012, when convenor Christine Bunn saw a community need for assistance in the form of nutritious, home-cooked meals. Homeless people, families undergoing hardship and people with family members in hospital have all been recipients of meals cooked with love.
In 2014, Meals 4 You was extended to include the Meals 4 You Youth Ministry. This ministry runs eight times a year for Year 10 and Year 5 students, who make and package chocolate slice, which, along with a handwritten card, is delivered with the meals.
The program relies solely on financial and food donations from our community. If you would like to make a donation or assist with meal preparation, please keep an eye out around both campuses and in POPCorn for information about the next cooking day.