Launceston charities, City of Launceston help boost the number of free Christmas lunch up to 400 meals

COMING TOGETHER: Launceston charity heads Brian Roach (City Mission), Elizabeth Daly (Colony 47), Hetty Binns (St Vincent de Paul) and Anita Reeve (Salvation Army) ready to open Albert Hall's doors to the needy for Christmas lunch.

COMING TOGETHER: Launceston charity heads Brian Roach (City Mission), Elizabeth Daly (Colony 47), Hetty Binns (St Vincent de Paul) and Anita Reeve (Salvation Army) ready to open Albert Hall's doors to the needy for Christmas lunch.

Charity organisations banding together for City Mission’s traditional Christmas lunch can now feed up to four times more hungry mouths than last year. 

St Vincent de Paul, Colony 47 and Salvation Army are among Launceston’s charities that have joined forces with City Mission to boost spots at the table somewhere from 100-150 to 400 meals since moving to Albert Hall.

“There will be seating for 400, but whether we achieve that this year, we certainly will be aiming that next year,” Salvation Army’s social programs manager for the North, Anita Reeve, said.

Ms Reeve said charities recognised the free lunch had bigger social benefits.

“Christmas can be a difficult time for people and not a happy time,” she said.

“When you’re feeling marginalised, you feel disconnected from the community.”

City of Launceston provided Albert Hall to fill the need for more Christmas meals.

“The initiative ties in well with social inclusion work being undertaken through our various community development programs,” City’s Robert Dobrzynski said.

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