Meals and food

Meals and food

Changing community needs

For many years we’ve provided a hot lunch program at several of our community centres, offering an affordable source of healthy food for all in the community, especially those who need support. 

Where we once served 110,000 meals each year, demand for hot lunches has declined to 10,000 meals and continues to decline as our community and its needs change. 

Of these 10,000 meals, very few are for people who rely on these meals. The majority of people accessing our meals service do so because it is convenient or because they are attending an event at one of our centres.

New food programs and opportunities for kitchen use

To better meet the changing needs of our community, we will introduce new food programming and events, and will open kitchen facilities for the community to use.

  • Exciting new food programs will be introduced – these will include cooking demonstrations and classes, nutrition classes and community kitchen programs. People will have opportunities to come together and learn new skills, share food and cultures and make new connections
  • Commercial kitchen facilities will be available for hire – to support community led programs and events, and establishing food businesses and social enterprises. Individuals, community groups, not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises and businesses will have opportunities to hire our commercial grade kitchens
  • New catering options for community events – we will work with community groups who regularly access centre-based meals to make alternative arrangements for their group events. This may include using kitchen spaces and self-catering, or partnering with the City to find alternative catering services from local businesses to provide greater choice and flexibility
  • Support for vulnerable people – we will continue to support people who rely on the meals as their main source of healthy and nutritious food and people who require emergency assistance.

Daily meal services

The daily lunch service at the following centres will stop on 1 July 2018. New food programs and kitchen hire opportunities will start soon after this date. 

  • Cliff Noble Community Centre, Alexandria
  • Reginald Murphy Community Centre, Potts Point
  • Ron Williams Community Centre, Redfern
  • St Helen’s Community Centre, Glebe
  • Ultimo Community Centre, Ultimo.

A range of food programs and classes, and opportunities to share meals together are also available at other City of Sydney community centres.

For more information, talk to centre staff or contact Kirsten Woodward, Manager City Spaces:

02 9265 9333

Find a community centre near you
Cliff Noble Community Centre 24 Suttor Street (Corner Renwick Street)
Alexandria NSW 2015
In Alexandria, the centre hosts a community room available for hire as well as exercise, singing and computer classes.
Reginald Murphy Community Centre 19 Greenknowe Avenue
Potts Point NSW 2011
Located in the heart of Kings Cross, the venue is easy to access.
Ron Williams Community Centre 5-11 Kepos Street
Redfern NSW 2016
Located in Redfern, the centre offers classes to help keep you fit and healthy as well as a range of other activities.
St Helen's Community Centre 184 Glebe Point Road
Glebe NSW 2037
Near Glebe Library, the venue hosts several exercise classes for the local community, as well as a variety of other activities.
Ultimo Community Centre 40 William Henry Street
Corner Bulwara Road, Ultimo NSW
There are a variety of activities available at the centre.

Last updated: Sunday, 1 July 2018