The kitchen first opened it’s doors on Christmas Day 2013 to provide a traditional lunch and companionship to those in the community who were on their own, or unable to provide a Christmas dinner for their family.
It now delivers a fortnightly service providing a free nutritious hot lunch for those in need, and is known as a place of community inclusion, where people can share a meal and enjoy companionship.
The kitchen needed an overhaul and essential electrical items were needed to establish and maintain the service. An application was submitted for funding under Compass Connect to undertake the refurbishment and funding of approximately $5,500 was provided enabling the service to continue to deliver much needed meals and connection of community.
Compass is passionate about engaging our tenants with the wider community and the Red Door Kitchen is a valuable resource in achieving this. Not only does the Red Door Kitchen provide a delicious and nutritious meal, more importantly it provides an opportunity for people who are socially isolated to engage with the wider community, make new friends and engage support services - an opportunity which would not be available in their everyday life.
The kitchen was originally driven by Upper Hunter Community Services, Compass Housing, The Uniting Church and the Muswellbrook Men’s Shed. The Muswellbrook RSL Club were one of the first community partners, providing much needed support to get those first meals on the table, and sponsored the banner that flies on open days.
The list of community partners is now extensive and includes Woolworths, Tuckerbox Catering, Farm Fresh Meats Muswellbrook, Valley Roller Girls, La Luna Café, St Helliers Correctional Centre, Scone Grammar School, Muswellbrook High School and the Muswellbrook Lioness Club.
The local community have also shown their generosity by volunteering and donating non-perishable food pantry items, and basics such as rice and pasta.
The kitchen is now known as a place of community inclusion, where people can share a meal and enjoy companionship, lessening social isolation.