Westpac, Mangoola Coal continue to support Muswellbrook's Red Door Community Kitchen

Generous donations on the menu at kitchen

EVEN though the Red Door Community Kitchen isn't operational at the moment, due to coronavirus (COVID-19), the donations continue to flow in.

The Muswellbrook organisation recently accepted $1000 from Westpac and a further financial windfall from regular benefactor Mangoola Coal.

Representatives from the Glencore open cut mine also delivered the proceeds from the mineworkers' 200 Club, totalling $2000, to the facility late last year.

The latest contributions will go a long way towards the running costs of the kitchen, which is located at the Muswellbrook Uniting Church in Bridge Street.

"These donations certainly allow us to maintain our operations," Mike Kennelly said.

"So, it's great to get them when we do.

"We're very appreciative of any [monetary] assistance.

"The Red Door Community Kitchen receives a lot of business support throughout the region, including ALDI and IGA.

"For that, we say thank you."

Mr Kennelly admitted the volunteers hoped to be serving up meals again, to those less fortunate, sooner rather than later.

"I guess COVID-19 is making life tough for many people," he said.

"And, social distancing is a big issue.

"It's frustrating; we can't do what we want to do.

"But, we're keen to be back as soon as possible if things improve."

In the meantime, the Red Door Community Kitchen, which captured the 2020 Muswellbrook Shire Council's Australia Day award for social inclusion, is still on the lookout for more helpers.

"We've had a few inquiries during our break," Mr Kennelly said.

"We'll never say no to anyone who wants to help."