Meals plus Community Outreach Program provides meals, casework support and emergency food parcels for people who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. Meals Plus is Parramatta Mission’s version of a ‘soup kitchen’, providing over 150 meals daily, from Monday to Friday at breakfast and lunchtimes.

Showers, toilets, laundry facilities, casework support, housing assistance, medical referrals, on‐site financial counsellors and chiropractors, pro‐bono legal services and Centrelink outreach are also available to this target group through Meals Plus. Meals Plus also serves as an accommodation referral gateway and provides short‐term emergency accommodation assistance to over 25 people daily. Apart from Meals plus Coordinator, the caseworker and a Cook, Meals Plus operates entirely on a volunteer workforce. Volunteer tasks are fully supervised and include: preparing food, cooking, washing up, setting tables, clearing tables, serving meals, setting out produce for emergency food parcels, cleaning up, stacking chairs and folding tables.


119 Macquarie St, Parramatta

Weekdays. Start time is 9:00am - 9:30am; Finish time is 1:30pm - 2:00pm.

NB. Bookings should be made at least two weeks before the nominated volunteering date(s). 

$2,000 (incl. GST) for up to 10 people

Groups of up to 10 people

If you are participating in this opportunity under community engagement time release, then you are covered by ACU's insurances. If you are accessing this opportunity as a volunteer outside of ACU, then you are NOT covered by ACU's insurance policies. If accessing this opportunity as a volunteer we strongly recommend you confirm with the organisation that they have appropriate insurance for volunteers.

How to get involved

To register your interest in this opportunity, please email ACU Engagement.

This opportunity qualifies for community engagement time release (CETR)

As an ACU staff member, you can apply for up to five days each year to participate in approved community engagement activities that contribute to the common good, address social justice issues in the community, and help those experiencing disadvantage or marginalisation.

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This policy has been developed to support staff to participate in community engagement activities and outlines time release arrangements during normal working hours.

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