Cooking for the Homeless - Glen Eira News

Shared from the 1/12/2020 Glen Eira News Digital Edition eEdition

A group of Year 10 girls from McKinnon Secondary College have been cooking meals for the homeless since mid-August.

Skyla, Alice, Monique, Madi, Dara and Aniqua
As part of the silver component of the Duke of Edinburgh Award, Dara, Skyla, Alice, Monique, Madi and Aniqua have been cooking more than 50 nutritious meals a fortnight (pictured below) for the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA). The meals are taken to the ADRA café in Narre Warren and delivered directly to those in need.

The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a youth development program that is designed to equip and empower young people to achieve their personal best and assist their community. In Year 9, the six girls completed the Bronze Award and in an effort to continue to develop their skills and help the community, decided to continue on to the Silver Award. Dara told Glen Eira News that with the effects of COVID rippling through the community, they wanted to do a group project together in order to make a difference.

“We decided we needed a practical way to help those less fortunate, while also following the distance and contact-free restrictions,” she said.

“We knew that we had the resources to provide aid, so through the Duke of Edinburgh program, it was the perfect opportunity to achieve both goals.”

Dara said after discussing multiple issues and looking at organisations they were passionate about, they discovered ADRA.

“Through this project, we are able to work as a group to produce hundreds of meals each month that go to those who are disadvantaged,” she said.

“Cooking for the homeless makes us as individuals appreciate what we have, especially during these tough times.”