Helping the homeless

Paradise for Kids director Jane Pallot. (Damjan Janevski) 244333_02

Tara Murray

Paradise 4 Kids is hitting the road in St Albans to help provide hot meals to the homeless and those in need.

With the COVID-19 pandemic having a dire impact and resulting in the number of homeless people, the group has decided to do something about it.

P4K is a voluntary organisation that has a number of people come together to make a positive difference to those who may never have the opportunity otherwise.

Director Jane Pallot said the aim was to provide people who are on the streets with a hot meal at least once a week.

“In Victoria, job losses, rent rises, and benefit lags have severely impacted the vulnerable in the community,” she said.

“There is a food insecurity crisis, people cannot put food on their tables. For this reason, P4Ks established a community kitchen, to go out into the streets of Brimbank and feed and nourish people in need.

“Come rain, hail, or shine, we will head out and offer food relief, social connection, and referral pathways out of homelessness and poverty, to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and disadvantage.”

The group is aiming to to help financially disadvantaged people, migrants, refugees, or asylum seekers, people at risk of homelessness or who are experiencing homelessness, people from a culturally and linguistically diverse background or anyone in need of a nutritious warm meal.

The community kitchen is council approved and the group will work with other providers who are already helping those in need to help provide support.

The community kitchen will run on Tuesday nights from 7.45pm from the St Albans Market car park.

Anyone who wants to donate, sponsor or volunteer can contact Jane at