THEY are usually dishing up the meals, but on Friday they were on the receiving end.
Some 30 volunteers who help with the Uniting Church's Cooma Public School Breakfast Club and the Cooma Court House Tea and Coffee were thanked for their efforts with a barbecue on Friday.
The two programs are the initiatives of the Cooma Uniting Church, with volunteer members of the church and the community.
Now in its sixth year, the Uniting Church provides a healthy breakfast for children at Cooma Public School who do not have breakfast at home, or who travel long distances to school and are ready for a re-fill by the time they arrive. Breakfast includes hot or cold Milo, cereal, toast and fruit, and seems to be enjoyed and appreciated by the increasing number of children participating. Breakfast Club operates each Tuesday and Wednesday morning and is attended by anything from 20 to 40 children. Two or three volunteers are rostered on each day.
For more than 10 years the Uniting Church has been providing free tea, coffee, cordial and biscuits for people attending the Cooma local court every second Wednesday. Two volunteers provide the service for up to 25 people each court day, and it is really appreciated.
Other community activities undertaken under the auspices of the Uniting Church include participation in Cooma Meals on Wheels and in the hospital trolley service at Cooma Hospital.
Some 30 volunteers are involved in the rosters for both the Breakfast Club and Court House and many of them were able to join in the barbecue on Friday both to receive thanks from the church and to enjoy a time together.