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Friday, 04 December 2020
Dr Fiona Martin MP, Member for Reid, visited St Mary's Catholic Church Concord to see the upgraded kitchen facilities delivered through a $19,058 Stronger Communities Programme grant.
The Federal Funding was delivered to improve the kitchen facilities and storage of the parish hall.
“St Mary’s Parish in Concord do so much good work within the community and the new kitchen facilities in the hall will be enjoyed by many,” Dr Martin said.
The former facilities no longer met the current food handling and preparation standards, and better storage was required to raise work, health and safety standards.
One of the activities that the parish hall is used for is the Gift of Bread outreach program, where volunteers collect fresh surplus bread from bakeries and deliver it to those in need.
The Co-Founder and Director of the program, Mr Marcel De Maria, said that the Gift of Bread currently reaches 10,000 people every day.
“Gift of Bread is bridging the gap among those who are alienated from friends and family, lack informal support networks, and often have limited ability to access basic services,” Mr De Maria said.
Parish Priest of St Mary's Catholic Parish Concord, Rev. Paul Crowley, said that the upgraded facilities came at the perfect time.
“This year, St Mary's Catholic Church Concord celebrates its sesquicentenary. The kitchen and hall are used by an assortment of parish and school groups from the community,” Rev. Crowley stated.
“The upgrade will enable this community use to continue and grow.”

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