Amelia Smith, Roxana Fonseca, Rita Hinton, Jan Morgan, Lyn Bell, Janet Newman and Catherine Robertson enjoy meeting each Thursday at the Urangan Community Centre.
Amelia Smith, Roxana Fonseca, Rita Hinton, Jan Morgan, Lyn Bell, Janet Newman and Catherine Robertson enjoy meeting each Thursday at the Urangan Community Centre. Valerie Horton

Good company and full tummies at Urangan

THERE'S no longer a reason for people on the Fraser Coast to suffer from social isolation.

Hervey Bay's Janet Newman, founder of the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre's Comfort Kitchen, has developed a Food 4 Seasons program for residents who are "at a loose end".

Jointly co-ordinated with Lyn Bell, the two open the Urangan Community Centre doors to the public every Thursday to play games, read a book, use the internet and make some new friends.

"It's all about getting people down to the centre and out of their houses," Ms Newman said.

"Come for morning tea, wander through the gardens, read a paper and stay on for lunch."

Ms Newman said the kitchen team's homemade offerings were definitely a drawcard.

"We do all homemade food where possible and we cook it all on the day.

"It's food that some people may not have had before - the kind of food that mums used to make.

"Old-fashioned, homemade foods."

Also under the Food 4 Seasons banner is a Tuesday morning breakfast program, run in conjunction with Stockland Coles and the Second Bite Program, which provides food for people in need across Australia.

Ms Newman said that included underprivileged primary school students who were offered a hearty breakfast and a packed lunch.

"It's very popular with about 10 kids, on occasion, coming in to get breakfast, get lunch and then head off to school."

Food 4 Seasons is a program managed by the Hervey Bay Neighbourhood Centre.

Just turn up

  • When: Thursday, 10am-2pm
  • Where: Urangan Community Centre, Elizabeth St, Urangan
  • Cost: Donation, where possible.