Pumpkins were a symbol of support when at-risk youth volunteered at a CatholicCare Community Kitchen in Taree, New South Wales. Source: MNnews.Today.
The youngsters were at the site as part of the Pathfinders Pumpkin Run. In this initiative, they help grow pumpkins and vegetables on a farm in Armidale before they use the produce to cook meals for those in need in different locations around the state.
“Wanting to raise awareness of the steadily increasing problem of food insecurity and homelessness in our region, Pathfinders reached out to the Taree Community Kitchen to see if we would be interested in partnering with them on the Taree leg of their safari along the coast,” CatholicCare Taree Community Kitchen coordinator Sue Abdoo said.
“The young people who grew the pumpkins help to turn it into delicious pumpkin soup and then serve it to the people we support through the Community Kitchen.
“It was an opportunity for these young people to give back to the community.
“It was a real privilege to be part of the event. It is always good to collaborate with like-minded services in raising awareness of people at-risk in the community.”
Operating across the New England North West and Mid North Coast regions, Pathfinders supports vulnerable children and teenagers, offering out-of-home care, a regional youth centre and disability services.
This year for the Pumpkin Run, they planted more than 6000 seeds and delivered more than 10 tonnes of produce with the help of staff, their out-of-home care kids and other young people.
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