We applaud those in the prison and our volunteer drivers who are so committed to making a contribution.
“The best initiatives happen when different parts of the community come together. In this case, we are delighted to work with Swan Hills MLA, Jessica Shaw and Acacia Prison to ensure older people receive tasty and nutritious meals through the winter." Rise CEO, Justine Colyer.
The Swan Hills “Doorstep Dinners” Meal Project is part of Corrective Service’s Helping Hands initiative, which has involved virtually all of the state’s prisons making an altruistic contribution to their local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Prisoners at Acacia Prison are preparing the meals in the prison’s purpose-built training kitchen. The prisoners have an opportunity to complete a traineeship or apprenticeship in Hospitality, Kitchen Operations, Commercial Cookery, Cleaning Operations and Biological Contamination as part of their rehabilitation and reintegration pathway.
Rise volunteers collect and distribute a range of meals from roast beef and pork belly dinners to beef Stroganoff and Chicken Maryland, prepared and packaged at Acacia Prison.
We have already received some fantastic feedback from the community. “I would like to thank you most sincerely for initiating the free home meals. We feel very lucky to have been involved in this venture. The meals we received were all tasty, nutritious, well prepared and filling. Thank you for your help.” Noreen R Willis (for Herbert Irwin).
“In these challenging times, it’s great to see so many people come together to support the most vulnerable members of our community. Everyone offered their support without hesitation. Working together, we will provide much-needed assistance to our seniors.” Swan Hills MLA, Jessica Shaw.
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