YMCA Morley Sport and Recreation have volunteered to help pack lunches on Mondays for a local primary school, to help with a closed canteen due to a lack of volunteers.
More than 50 lunches have been packed and ready to go in just two weeks, with 35 families benefiting so far. Now, heading into Term 3, numbers are expected to rise, taking advantage of the lunches offered.
Some hit menu items include sandwiches and a rotating special to incorporate multicultural menu items, taught by parents from the school to YMCA staff, which gives a chance for families to be actively involved in choosing healthy lunch options.
Mark Furr, General Manager Youth, Community and Leisure, remarked how this type of community involvement is part of a bigger plan for the year ahead.
“The focus of Morley Sport and Recreation Centre in 2019/20 is to further develop the relationships between the YMCA, City of Bayswater and local community. Community Development is a key priority and YMCA management is engaged with the City’s Community Development team to support the development of its Youth Strategy, ‘The Platform’ as well as other initiatives that facilitates community activities at the centre that is representative of the community’s cultural demographic”.
He also said “Engagement with schools is resulting in planned sports carnivals, the establishment of a school meals provision and other activities such as arts and culture events that will further promote the centre as a community hub engaging in activating space and activity for young people”.