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Meals Program volunteers

Sacred Heart Mission Engagement Hub, 87 Grey Street, St Kilda

About the position

Our Meals Program is looking for people with a “can-do attitude” who enjoy working in a team environment and have a welcoming and friendly demeanour.

At our St Kilda Dining Hall, we provide 400+ free, nutritious meals to our community, 365 days a year.

We work with clients in a way that is non-judgmental – we treat everyone with dignity, respect and empathy.

About Sacred Heart Mission

Every day of the year, Sacred Heart Mission assists hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness or disadvantage to find shelter, food, care and support. Through our wide-ranging homelessness services, research and innovation we strongly advocate for an inclusive, fair and compassionate community where people can overcome disadvantage and trauma.

Everyone is welcome at our table

We are committed to providing volunteering opportunities for all people regardless of age, gender, cultural background, disability, or sexual orientation. We recognise the strength and value in diversity, and actively foster an inclusive community. People who identify as Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander are strongly encouraged to apply.

A meal is just the beginning …

Watch our video to learn more about our Meals Program and the difference you can make by joining our team:

View video transcript

Sacred Heart Mission’s Dining Hall, where a meal is just the beginning …

Our warm, welcoming Dining Hall in St Kilda is the heart of the Mission and where hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness come every day of the year to share a meal. Hear from Head Chef Kirsty, Chef Robyn, Volunteer Simon and Case Manager Catherine, why the Meals Program is vital for our community:

Kirsty: At the Meals Program, it’s very important that we are providing a nutritious meal, but it’s not just about the meal. It’s also about trying to engage the people and to give them a sense of community. Donations are very important. Probably 90-95% of our food is produced through the donations from big and small businesses.

We do make over 400 meals a day. It’s very busy. It can get very hectic at times, but it’s also a lot of fun.

Simon: For me, it’s about realising how fortunate I actually am, and how unfortunate many of us are in the community. This is part of the community; it does a great service to the city of Melbourne and to the people in need.

Robyn: We make a difference in people’s lives. We’re including people that are often isolated. We welcome them to the Dining Hall. Everybody is welcome here.

Kirsty: We do this every day, 365 days a year.

Catherine: As a Case Worker, the environment of the Dining Hall is a place where you can engage with clients and may take many meals before they feel safe to start asking for help, but then you’re there and you can start providing a whole range of services that the Mission.

And that’s why it’s far more than just a meal.

Responsibilities

A Meals Program volunteer works with Meals Program staff and other volunteers to ensure the meals service runs smoothly each day.

Duties include:

  • Serving meals to clients,
  • Assisting chefs to prepare aspects of meals (such as chopping veggies, assembling meals),
  • Greeting clients with friendly eyes and a smile (behind a mask!),
  • Contribute to a safe and coordinated kitchen environment.

Commitment

The Meals Program requires our volunteers to commit to a minimum of one shift a fortnight. Location of role is 87 Grey Street, St Kilda.

Note that as the Meals Program provides an essential service to vulnerable community members, we do not require proof of vaccination from our clients. All volunteers will be required to wear masks.

To apply

You will need to:

  • Undergo a National Police Check,
  • Provide proof of a Covid-19 vaccination,
  • Review and sign our Covid-Safe plan and Covid-19 Code of Conduct.
Corporate volunteering

We also offer corporate volunteering opportunities in our Dining Hall and op shops. If you are looking for a rewarding way for your business to contribute to the community, contact our corporate relationships team.