Prep students hand over their meals to a volunteer from The Dish
Year 3 students from Knox Prep are supporting local homeless people by donating home-cooked meals every Friday.
The boys take it in turns to prepare meals for St John’s Uniting Church ‘The Dish’, a program which has provided free meals for homeless people in the Hornsby area for more than six years.
The boys scour the web or books for a recipe, help with the shopping, cook the meal and then bring the meal, side dish or fruit to school on Friday to hand it over to volunteers from ‘The Dish’.
“The project aims to make a contribution to the lives of people who are less fortunate and teach the boys about homelessness in their local area”. said the program’s coordinator Peter Ayling.
“As the boys prepare the meal, we ask them to have a discussion about homelessness with their parents,” said Peter. “For many of the boys, the experience is their first real insight that homeless people live in nearby suburbs.”
All year groups at Knox Prep are involved in similar Service Learning community projects. Year 5 boy raise $25 by doing odd jobs at home and around their neighborhood. The funds will be pooled together to sponsor a person to start a business through the KIVA microloans program.