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Feast with Friends

A sit-down meal with table service delivered free by St Vincent de Paul Society youth group Vinnies Young Adults is helping restore respect to Hobart people living below the poverty line.

Feast with Friends, which started as a low-key idea to make a difference, offers three-course monthly meals to people who are doing it tough and would otherwise go without.  Meals are prepared, cooked, served and shared by Vinnies Young Adults.

The first Feast with Friends, on the lawns of the Holy Spirit Church at Sandy Bay, drew just three people.  Growth since has been spectacular, with an attendance of 60 for a welcome early taste of Christmas for the final Feast of 2012.

St Vincent de Paul Society Youth Coordinator Sarah Davidson says that depending on volunteers, sponsorship and demand, Vinnies Young Adults is planning to double the frequency and make it a fortnightly Feast in 2013.

“Many clients have become regulars and look forward to their monthly meal.  Respect is certainly a factor.  They have started to take more pride in their appearance and the atmosphere is wonderful.

“It is very rewarding to see some of our most vulnerable sitting and sharing a meal with our young adults.  It teaches us how to be kind and respectful to each other and reminds us of the words of St Vincent de Paul, that the poor have much to teach us and we have much to learn from them.”

The meals, which are served on the last Thursday of the month, will resume in January.

Anyone interested in volunteering or attending the monthly meal is encouraged to contact St Vincent de Paul for more information.