A unique collaboration between Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group, Port of Newcastle and Orica has enabled the local Soul Café to upgrade its facility and future proof the invaluable service it provides.
The partnership has enabled Soul Café to purchase a commercial grade walk-in fridge and freezer unit to increase its capacity to continue serving the needs of the homeless and vulnerable in Newcastle.
Soul Café provides hundreds of meals each week to disadvantaged members of the Newcastle community, many of whom are homeless or tackling other difficult circumstances. These meals provide an avenue for Soul Café staff and volunteers to connect and provide a link to the other vital services or support that may be required.
The new fridge freezer unit will ensure Soul Café is able to reliably store the large quantities of rescued and donated food and produce it receives, ensuring it can continue to provide a professional food service day-in and day-out.
Port of Newcastle's Acting CEO, Simon Gelder, said the Port has been to be 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. 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," said Simon.
Find out more about the Soul Café and how to get involved here.
Pictured: Matt Nichols, Soul Cafe Floor Manager.