Homelessness Week 2023: Midland Meals serving food from the heart

Published on: Tuesday, August 08, 2023

Every evening, volunteers gather in Midland and Ellenbrook to serve meals to those who need it most.

It doesn’t matter how chilly it is, they are there seven nights a week, dishing up food from the heart.

There are free clothes and blankets available, too, so people can stay warm long after their last mouthful.

It’s all part of a program called Midland Meals, started in September 2019 by local pastor Loren Pratt.

“I experienced food insecurity myself 30-odd years ago and I have this discontent that I don’t want to see anyone go hungry or lonely overnight in my city,” Mr Pratt said.

“I do it because I love people and I love seeing people lifted up and given some sort of hope each time we hand them a plate.

“It comes from the heart.”

In September 2020, one year after the program launched in Midland, volunteers started serving nightly meals from a second site, this time in Ellenbrook.

Mr Pratt said he had noticed a rise in the number of families getting their dinner from Midland Meals, an alarming sign of the cost-of-living crisis.

“The families have increased – the people coming in their cars and the families that are struggling to pay for their utilities,” he said.

This week (August 7-13) is Homelessness Week, when Australia shines a light on homelessness and the long-term solutions such as social housing.

But for Mr Pratt and his team of volunteers, every week is a chance to improve the quality of life of those experiencing or at-risk of homelessness.

Well over 100 volunteers pitch in when they can – including City of Swan staff and Councillors – to cook, transport, reheat and serve the food.

But there is always room for more help.

  • Midland Meals serves food from 6pm in Midland (near Midland Police Station on Cosmo Lane) and Ellenbrook (near Coolamon Pavilion on Bonney Lane).
  • Follow Midland Meals on Facebook.

Share this page
Back to of the page