(Community Recognition Statement, Legislative Assembly, NSW Parliament)
I acknowledge the outstanding work of Our Big Kitchen in Bondi, which serves many people and groups in the Sydney electorate.
It aims to help people through the language of food. Established by Rabbi David Slavin, Our Big Kitchen provides a community access kitchen to help people in need. The volunteer-run kitchen can be a space for homeless people to take part in a barista course, a place for people convicted of crime to serve their community service by contributing to the community, corporate team building exercises and meditation for new mothers with post-natal depression. I was pleased to learn on my recent visit that Our Big Kitchen also provides food for the women at Lou's Place in Potts Point. I congratulate Our Big Kitchen on being awarded the National Community Service award by the Restaurant and Catering Association for three years running. I also acknowledge my social work intern Pamela Hockey for helping me to draft this community recognition statement and I commend all those involved with Our Big Kitchen in Bondi.
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