Local restaurant feeds residents in need thanks to generous patron

Volpino meal delivery service.PNG

A chance conversation with a generous customer has led to Mt Martha restaurant Volpino preparing fresh cooked meals for needy local residents confined to their homes during COVID.

Hearing about the struggle owner David Weill was having in keeping the restaurant open during Stage Three restrictions, the customer donated $1000 to help keep staff employed.

Local charity Mornington Peninsula Foundation put the business in touch with both the Mornington Peninsula Shire and Mornington Community Information and Support Centre, and in a matter of days a new food program had been created.

The program sees staff at Volpino prepare freshly cooked meals and individually pack and label them. Shire staff transport the meals to the Community Information and Support Centre, where volunteers deliver them to the homes of clients in need of support.

Centre Manager Stuart Davis-Meehan said: “The meals are terrific - a welcome addition to the centre’s weekly food parcels”.

“It’s a classic ground-up response from the community, which is asking itself ‘what can we do to help?’ “

David Weill said he and his staff have been touched by the community response: “These local acts of kindness and generosity are warming our hearts”.

Although sparked by a one-off donation, there are signs the program is gathering momentum. Another $2000 was recently donated, keeping Volpino’s staff employed and needy residents fed for a while longer.

Photo caption: Mornington Community Information and Support Centre Manager Stuart Davis-Meehan and staff member Yvonne Anderson unload fresh cooked meals from Volpino, with Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Senior Social Planner Tricia Folvig.