LIVERPOOL Community Kitchen and Hub's soup kitchen service offers community members more than just a hot meal. Debra Whitby can testify to that.
Mrs Whitby and her husband of Moorebank have been accessing the service for the past three years.
The couple usually eat at the soup kitchen at Liverpool's Uniting Church three times a week.
Mrs Whitby said she always felt welcomed and supported when she walked through the doors.
"It's my lifeline. It's a place where I can go that's friendly and safe," she said.
"The soup kitchen helps those who are doing it tough, at times it gets hard.
"I like the sense of community by coming together with the one purpose of helping each other."
The service is run by a committee of community non-profit-making organisations.
On average, the soup kitchen cooks 220 meals per week varying from week to week.
It opens for breakfast and lunch times on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursdays.
Soup kitchen co-ordinator Maria Lytton said there needed to be more support and services available to people affected by hunger and social isolation.
"I wish we could be open more days during the week," Mrs Lytton said.
"There's such a big need out there, not just for food but to break social isolation.
"In the last year, I've seen a lot more families and single mums with their kids."
Liverpool Community Kitchen and Hub's soup kitchen service 9608 9688.
■An anti-poverty week event will be held on Thursday, October 17 at Macquarie Mall, Liverpool, 11am-2pm.