Moruya Street Kitchen co-founder Nicky Axisa has stressed the importance of removing the stigma of homelessness and living rough, and has urged the public to donate food and Christmas gifts.
Donations would be directly delivered to those who need it, or would become available at upcoming community BBQs on November 24 and special Christmas event on December 15. Anyone is welcome.
Groceries, shoes, clothes and more would be available.
To keep the street kitchen running, Ms Axisa has called for donations.
This included baked beans, spaghetti, 2 minute noodles, tin veggies and soup, canned or packaged fruit, muesli bars, washing powder, pasta, rice, pasta sauces, long-life milk, sugar sachets, chips, canned fish, Vegemite, jams, biscuits, spam in a can, pasta packets and anything non perishable.
The drop off zone is Campbell Page, Moruya, Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm or the Bay Post/Moruya Examiner office, 30C Orient St, Batemans Bay.
Free community Christmas BBQ
Moruya Street Kitchen will also hold a special free community Christmas BBQ at River Park, Moruya, from 3.30pm, December 15.
"Moruya Street Kitchen volunteers have created a safe space to come together as a community and enjoy a beautiful range of home-cooked meals contributed by our volunteers and community," Ms Axisa said.
"We also have groceries to take home, shoes, clothes, Christmas gifts and much more so bring a bag with you to take some goodies home."
She requested donations of small, wrapped gifts to help anyone struggling at this time, labelling them appropriately for adults/children, male/female.
"We understand this time is a trying time for all, so anything helps," Ms Axisa said.
"It's more about receiving and giving, to put a smile on humans faces that don't have a lot to smile about."
Everyone does it tough
Ms Axisa said people of all ages find it tough to cope with the everyday expenses and life battles: "It is not just families or single parents, people suffering drug or alcohol addiction, it is also our elderly".
"The age bracket of the elderly does not mean they are not faced with challenges other ages might face," Ms Axisa said.
"Sometimes it is a result of the loss of a partner at an elderly age. Home-cooked meals can become a thing of the past.
"We can suffer these circumstances at any age, time or place. Homelessness and tough times are not age or gender biased."