Volunteers Anastasia, of Unley and Helen, of Unley, with St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Parish priest John Psalios, are pleased the church will be able to build a commercial kitchen to help feed the homeless. Source: News Limited
AN UNLEY church will be able to build a kitchen to feed the homeless no matter which party wins next month’s state election.
Both major parties have promised $70,000 for a commercial kitchen at St Spyridon Greek Orthodox Parish.
Meals will be delivered to the Adelaide Day Centre for Homeless Persons, in Moore St, in the city.
Unley state Liberal MP David Pisoni and Labor candidate Lara Golding announced the funding commitment at the Unley Greek Festival this month.
The promises come after the Federal Government axed a $68,000 grant in December when it scaled back its Building Multicultural Communities program by more than $1.4 million.
Parish priest John Psalios welcomed the funding commitment.
He would work closely with the Moore St day centre to deliver meals each weekday.
“We supply soup and other things to the centre about once a week during winter, when there is greater need,” Father Psalios said.
“Our capacity would be increased so we could cook meals for them throughout the year.
“We’re grateful to both parties for their generosity and hope that the money does come through.”
Mr Pisoni said if the Liberals won the March 15 election, the multicultural grants scheme would be expanded to $1 million, with money for the church kitchen coming from there.
“I met with Father John so I was able to explain to (Opposition Leader) Steven Marshall the importance of the church to the community,” Mr Pisoni said.
Ms Golding said the church’s services were vital to the community.
“This funding is vital for the church to continue to provide services and meals for the homeless on a regular basis,” Ms Golding said.
“I met with Father John earlier this month and I was really impressed with the level of community involvement he encouraged.”
Mr Pisoni holds Unley with a 11.9 per cent margin.