The Community Kitchen Merewether

Watch the video below to learn more about the Community Kitchen Merewether


Community Kitchen plans to  reopen on 6 October, 2020. Take away meals and fresh food to take home will be served from the car park. Covid precautions will be in place. The bus will not be available.

We wish everyone well during this time. Stay safe and follow NSW Health advice.

The Community Kitchen (Merewether) was founded in 2009. We provide a free 3 course meal to more than 80 people each Tuesday (February to the Tuesday before Christmas Day).

Looking for a nutritious meal in a safe environment? Everyone welcome every Tuesday (February to Christmas). The meal is served at 6pm. Whether you are a regular or this is your first time you are welcome to come and share a meal, conversation and friendship.

The meal is provided for all who are in need of food and/or companionship and food is given to take home. Those who attend include unaccompanied teenagers, young families, adult singles and couples who would otherwise be isolated and undernourished. They live in private homes, Dept. of Housing, low cost accommodation, boarding houses or are homeless. Food and encouragement, companionship and support are given to many who have insufficient resources for life. This is a safe place where people from all sections of society can meet. Supportive friendships develop amongst volunteers and those who attend and everyone is enriched by being involved.

Food is provided by Oz Harvest, Healthecare, Merewether Fresh Bake, Local Crop and generous individuals. It is prepared and cooked by volunteers from the community and some who attend also volunteer helping with preparing the food and the hall.

Interested in volunteering? Come to the hall at Merewether Uniting Church, 178 Glebe Rd, Merewether any Tuesday (February to December) between 2pm and 7pm or contact Rev. Jennifer Burns. New volunteers are always welcome to prepare food, cook, set up, serve, clean up, to eat a meal while in conversation with others or drive the bus (only a C class licence is needed). Volunteers arrive from 2pm and all are usually finished by 7.30pm. All volunteers are required to have or apply for a Working with Children Check. More about volunteering.


Crisis Contacts & free meals

More local information and links to services can be found at Hunter Homeless Connect.


Community Kitchen Singers at Christmas

Group singing is one thing in life where feeling better is pretty much guaranteed. It is cheaper than therapy, healthier than drinking, and more fun than working out. Music – the “universal language” not only stirs our deepest emotions, but active participation can increase energy to see us through even the most stress-filled moments of life. Singing increases self-esteem, strengthens concentration and memory, develops the lungs and improves posture and sleep. Singing animates the body, mind and spirit. It is therapeutic both emotionally and physically and is an ageless enjoyment – you are never too young or too old and no prior skill is needed.

Everyone is welcome to come to sing on Tuesdays (February to December) from 4.30pm at 178 Glebe Rd, Merewether during school term This is a time for singing, enjoyment and meeting new people. Give it a try! Stay afterwards if you’d like and share the free meal at The Community Kitchen at 6pm.

We are also always looking for musicians interested in volunteering some time to lead this singing group. Please contact Rev Jennifer Burns if you are able to assist with this.