Bialik Shuk’s Natalie Shostak and Deb Poratt have aligned with Our Village Kitchen and Jewish Care to provide meals for Jewish families in need throughout this challenging time. Each week the women cook between 20-50 kosher parve meals from their kitchen at Bialik College, including soups, salads, main meals and sweet treats. The meals are collected by volunteers and distributed by Jewish Care to the Jewish Care’s Family Disability Respite Centre.
With Melbourne experiencing Stage 4 restrictions, the need arose when Our Village Kitchen who have been cooking Shabbat dinners with Middle School Bialik College students for over four years, no longer had the facilities to cook in.
OVK, Founders, Romy Bursztyn and Jo Star, approached Natalie and Deb who were very happy to help out.
“We have been very fortunate to pivot successfully over the last few months. Our team would all agree it’s such a pleasure to be feeling useful in this time of uncertainty. The Bialik community and beyond have welcomed our Babayit initiative with open arms. By having our food at home, students can experience the taste of school – a little something to normalise these crazy times, and we have provided their families with some respite from home cooking. It’s also been a wonderful opportunity for those outside Bialik to see what we do here, respecting our customers with fresh, innovative, house made produce. Just because you aren’t at school doesn’t mean you leave your tastebuds at the front gate”. – Natalie Shostak, Shuk Manager
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