EAT WELL: Urangan Community Centre co-ordinator Leigh Scheltingam, Food 4 Seasons volunteers Gary Howearth, Krusey and project officer Lyn Bell, and Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson.
EAT WELL: Urangan Community Centre co-ordinator Leigh Scheltingam, Food 4 Seasons volunteers Gary Howearth, Krusey and project officer Lyn Bell, and Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson. Jodie Callcott

Free feed for those in need at Bay centre

LYN Bell and her dedicated team of volunteers arrive at the Urangan Community Centre at 5am every Tuesday to cook breakfast for those who are doing it tough.

What started with Ms Bell donating excess vegetables from her farm, has turned into a program that feeds almost 2000 people each year.

Ms Bell said she and co-founder Janet Newman combined their programs to create Food 4 Seasons, which feeds the homeless and socially isolated twice a week.

"We partnered in the breakfast program, Comfort Kitchen Breakfast, and then I wanted to start a program as well for the socially isolated," Ms Bell said.

"Janet said she'd help me, so both of us were partners in both programs and then we named it.

"I wanted it (to be called) Four Seasons and she wanted to add the word food, so we had Food 4 Seasons."

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Ms Bell said she wanted to make sure the elderly in the community had somewhere to go to interact with others and have something to eat.

"I just wanted to make sure they had a place to go and have a cup of coffee and they wouldn't get told it was time to leave," she said.

"It was a place they could stay as well and it didn't cost very much and they could meet other people, read the paper and play some board games."

 

Urangan Community Centre coordinator Leigh Scheltinga with Food 4 Seasons project officer Lyn Bell.
Urangan Community Centre coordinator Leigh Scheltinga with Food 4 Seasons project officer Lyn Bell. Jodie Callcott

Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre CEO Tanya Stevenson said the program was only made possible by the women who run the Disability Op Shop at Urangan.

"They donate $200 a week to help us run Food 4 Seasons," she said.

They actually pay for all the food that's purchased and then our volunteers cook it all and put it together.

"It's a really good partnership."

Ms Stevenson said without the weekly donation from the Disability Op Shop, the Food 4 Seasons program wouldn't be possible.

For more information about Food 4 Seasons, visit hcnc.net.au or phone 4125 5499.