The Bishop Fox Meal Centre at St Vincent de Paul on Argent Street will celebrate 50 years of providing meals and support to the local community this Friday.
Operated by members of the St Vincent de Paul Society NSW, the Centre has been a cornerstone for Broken Hill residents since 1973, offering meals and various forms of support five days a week.
During the past 12 months, demand for the Centre’s services has surged by nearly 50 per cent, providing support to more than 500 people in areas such as food, clothing, household bills, accommodation, and other expenses.
“We have served around 5,400 meals over the past year and hope the upgraded service will allow the Society to increase its impact in the local community and get better outcomes for the people we assist into the future, including expanding our capacity to open the service to Saturday mornings,” said St Vincent de Paul Society NSW CEO, Yolanda Saiz.
Last year, the Centre underwent a $300,000 refurbishment, funded by both the Society and the federal government.
“Our members and volunteers play an important role in providing a range of support for people during times of need,” said Paul Burton, St Vincent de Paul Society NSW State President.
“We can assist with meals and financial expenses, but often one of the most valuable parts of our work is taking the time to listen to the concerns people are facing and providing the reassurance that they aren’t alone.”
The Bishop Fox Meal Centre is at 93-95 Argent Street. It is open Monday–Friday for meals, and Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 11am–1pm for assistance.