PEOPLE all across the Upper Hunter will be welcomed back to Muswellbrook's Red Door Kitchen from next month, with the community group reopening after months of closure as a result of COVID-19 restrictions.
From January 7 they will be recommencing their Thursday Coffee Mornings, which lasts from 10am to 12pm and is free of charge for people from any walks of life.
Then, from Thursday February 4 they will start the community lunch-time meal which goes from 12 to 2pm.
The volunteers in charge of the Kitchen have put a lot of effort into figuring out how to host the events despite restrictions, but believe it is worth the effort so people have somewhere to go for a meal and a chat every week.
"Red Door started about five or six years ago and the people that started it saw a need to provide a nourishing meal and a welcoming, safe location to have that meal to people who do it tough in the region," said committee member and treasurer Kevin Doherty.
"The idea is to provide that meal every week, every Thursday free of charge, no questions asked, no matter what your status is in life - rich, poor, on your own or with a tribe of family members, working or otherwise it doesn't matter."
The only rules is that it is an alcohol, drug and tobacco-free premises.
The Kitchen is located at the Uniting Church Hall in Muswellbrook, although it is not a church-run event.