Sydney restaurant, Hearth & Soul, is re-opening its doors, this time as a soup kitchen serving free takeaway meals to anyone who has suffered job or revenue loss due to COVID-19. Owner Rachel Jelley closed Heath & Soul back in November to pursue new cooking opportunities, but said she now wanted to use the premises do what she could to assist her community.

The first free meal service will take place at Hearth & Soul in Newtown this Friday 27 March from 12pm – 2pm, and is open to anyone, from any industry, employees and business owners alike, who has suffered job or revenue loss because of COVID-19. Rachel is urging those wanting a free meal to register via the Hearth & Soul website. This is to ensure there is enough food prepared for each service. Further services will be announced in the coming days.

Rachel also works with local, seasonal food, and those of her suppliers who are able to, including Feather and Bone pasture-raised butchers, have come onboard to support her, meaning the meals will not only be free, but made from gorgeous local, organic vegetables and pasture-raised meat. Rachel has also received support from Jo Chun Yan intuitive branding and designer, who has created the online registration experience.

Rachel has raised enough to serve about 300 meals, but of course would love to do more. You can donate to support this initiative on Rachel’s Go Fund Me page, and she’s also looking for volunteers to help staff the kitchen, please get in touch via email if you’d like to help. Rachel’s experience of the New Year’s Eve fires has contributed to her desire to help.

Hearth & Soul, 528-528A King Street, Newtown NSW 2042

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