A NEW cafe run by Meals on Wheels volunteers has opened its doors to support the hundreds of local residents who use the vital service each day.
Staff and volunteers from the Sawtell branch of Meals on Wheels have recently opened Cafe on Elizabeth, which is open to the public on Fridays.
Branch co-ordinator Mary-Anne Roberts said all proceeds supported the Meals on Wheels program, providing home-delivered meals to residents who might otherwise be isolated.
“It’s taken a few months to get everything up and running but there’s been so much volunteer support behind it,” she said.
“It’s a cafe for the community, by the community.”
Mary-Anne said the cafe fostered an environment of social inclusiveness.
“We pick up our clients and they come in and have a meal and a chat,” she said.
“It’s a social environment and our clients love it because everybody’s friendly and the food is amazing – there are no complaints.”
The cafe also embraces a “shop local” philosophy, using fresh and locally sourced ingredients.
The cafe is located at 25Elizabeth St and is open from 9am on Fridays.