A COLLABORATION between Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, Port of Newcastle and Orica has helped Soul Café to upgrade its facility.
Soul Café serves hundreds of meals a week to disadvantaged members of the Newcastle community, many of whom are homeless or tackling other difficult circumstances.
The meals provide an opportunity for Soul Café staff and volunteers to provide a link to other vital services that may be required.
The port industry partnership has enabled Soul Café to buy a commercial-grade walk-in fridge and freezer unit, which has enabled it to store the large quantities of rescued and donated food and produce it receives.
Port of Newcastle acting CEO Simon Gelder said the port had been supporting the Soul Café over many years.
“Our head office is located in the heart of Newcastle’s CBD, so our team is very aware of the issues of homelessness, mental health and drug and alcohol addiction that the Soul Café is working tirelessly to address,” he said.
“The installation of a commercial-grade fridge unit will ensure Soul Café is well equipped to continue providing hundreds of free meals and support services to the disadvantaged in the Newcastle region for many years to come.”
To find out more about Soul Café and to get involved, go to the café’s website.