The First Friday Dinner is a monthly meals program established in 2012 after club members identified a demand in the Box Hill area for additional meals for those in need. The dinner is sponsored by BENDIGO COMMUNITY BANK and WHITEHORSE ROTARACT.
The purpose of the meal is not just to provide a well balanced home cooked meal in a safe, warm and friendly community environment but also an opportunity to meet with others.
The dinner is advertised directly through various relief agencies – including Box Hill Citizens Advice Bureau, Youth Connexions, Eastern Health Drug and Alcohol, St Vincent DePaul, Salvation Army, Anglicare and the Baptist Church.
Members of MASH together with Whitehorse Rotaract, Koonung Interact members and other friends of MASH prepare & serve the meal. Whitehorse Rotaract assists MASH with the rent of the hall. The dinner is the only free meal available on a Friday in the Box Hill area and the venue is safe, well lit and has easy access to trains, bus and trams.
The doors open at 5pm and a two course meal is served at 5.30pm. The diners start to disperse just after 6pm when the clearing up and washing of dishes begins.
The number of people who come on any night ranges between 30 – 50, from a wide range of backgrounds and ages.
This is a wonderful hands-on program in our local community.
During 2018 we received a generous donation of $3,000 from Bendigo Community Bank which will greatly assist us in feeding the needy over the next 12 months. We also received $1,200 from Whitehorse Rotaract Club to cover rental costs for our venue.