Meals services are set to return to Frankston.
Frankston Life (formally CityLife), working with the Frankston Churches Breakfast Club and other local meals service providers, will be returning to Frankston from October, after Chris Crewther MP initiated, coordinated and led meetings over several months with local providers, resulting in Chisholm Institute offering a site to host meals for the disadvantaged in the greater Frankston area.
After months of collaborative work, Chisholm TAFE, under the leadership of newly appointed CEO Dr Rick Ede, have offered the use of Building N at their Frankston Campus for a combined meals service location.
Federal Member for Dunkley, Chris Crewther MP, said, “This is fantastic news for Frankston and the result of many months of hard work that I’ve initiated and coordinated in conjunction with several local passionate organisations and people. One of my keys goals since being elected has been to try to resolve the lack of a socialised meals service location in Frankston for the homeless, vulnerable and disadvantaged, since the closure of City Life’s meals service in 2016. I’m so pleased that this will be kicking off again from October!”
Chisholm will start by working with the Frankston Churches Breakfast Club and Frankston Life, with the aim to commence breakfasts two mornings a week in October from Building N.
“Once those initial meals are up and running, and we have got the settings right, we will then look to expand upon the meals offered as well as the organisations involved in providing meals at the one location,” Mr Crewther said.
“The combined efforts of those involved in working with Chisholm and me to get Building N up and running must be applauded. That includes Theodora's Cheerful Givers, Life-Gate Inc, That's The Thing About Fishing, John Paul College, Community Support Frankston, Frankston City Council, SHAC (Seaford Housing Action Coalition) and others.
"We have some amazing volunteer organisations in Dunkley, and many people have been willing to contribute and help to resolve this crisis in local food services, but what was missing were the connections between groups who could provide volunteers, groups who could provide food and groups who could provide a location. We are incredibly lucky with the many people who want to productively contribute to our community."
Mr Crewther added that, “Not only will this bring a crucial socialised meals service back to Frankston and region, helping people also link to the community and services they need, but it also provides a unique opportunity for Chisholm’s hospitality, social services and other students to be involved in helping with the meals service, providing them with real life experience, future job linkages and more.”
“After many months of collaborative work, this is a fantastic result for our region and for those in need locally, I would like to thank everyone who has been involved to achieve this great result!”