Silver lining for the Bowl of Plenty

Gillian Anderson with May Smith from the Neighbourhood Centre

Gillian Anderson with May Smith from the Neighbourhood Centre

They say every cloud has a silver lining and the clients of the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre found a silver lining in the coronavirus cloud, compliments of the Bellingen Show Society.

The recent cancellation of the 2020 Bellingen Show left the Show Society with some administrative and organisational challenges, including what to do with the meals already prepared for the show day luncheons.

This food is currently in cold storage and includes enough cooked food for over 180 lunches, almost 800 scones for the popular Devonshire teas, packs of frozen peas and other ingredients.

All this food was prepared by the wonderful Linda Hillman, chef and coordinator of the show day luncheon pavilion and her dedicated team - just like she has for the past 14 years.

Linda and her team set to work earlier this year because she was to have knee replacement surgery and knew she would be out of action in the lead up to the show.

After consideration of this matter, the Show Committee unanimously agreed to donate the food to the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre for distribution through their Bowl of Plenty Program.

Kerry Child, President of the Bellingen Neighbourhood Centre, said that it was a wonderful gesture.

May Smith, Coordinator of the Bowl of Plenty welcomed the donation and said that it would be a great contribution to their community meals program and their daily frozen takeaway food distribution.

We are pleased to report that Linda is recuperating well at home.