IN between supervising a pot of soup and preparing a roast dinner, Sandra Calland spoke to The Star about her work at the Merewether Community Kitchen.
For the past two years Mrs Calland has spent her Tuesday afternoons and evenings as a volunteer in the kitchen.
Food preparation, table setting, cooking and serving are all regular tasks.
However, she said it was chatting to the people who came in that enriched her life the most.
"Talking to the people gives you a broader outlook and appreciation for your own life," she said.
"The rewards are far greater than the effort you put in."
The kitchen started four years ago and was the first of its kind in the area.
The Uniting Church hosts the community kitchen, which is open to the whole community.
Patrons and volunteers are not restricted from being involved by postcode, financial status or religion, but Mrs Calland said most people who visited the community kitchen were homeless or at risk of homelessness.
Grocery money was the least of their worries and as a result meals were compromised.
"People who come here have no food in their cupboard or no cupboard to even put food in."
She said it was satisfying to provide a hearty meal to those who could not afford food, and to teach them to cook nutritious meals on a budget.
Mrs Calland urged anyone interested in volunteering to phone 0423 914 525, or go to the church, 178 Glebe Road, Merewether, at 2pm on a Tuesday.