Food van fuelled by love

The food van makes weekly runs across Sydney (Facebook/Maronites on Mission)

Since 2013, Maronites on Mission has become a powerhouse of service in Sydney, inspired by love for Christ, reports Catholic Outlook.

The Maronite Catholic Church charity's latest achievement is a purpose built food van which makes weekly food runs across Sydney, including next to St Patrick’s Cathedral in Parramatta.

The van contains a fridge, food warmer, sink, hot water urn and a canopy as shelter, which enables to volunteers to better serve the homeless community.

The van was launched earlier this year at Canterbury League Club, which donated $80 000 to the cause.

“Homelessness affects almost 41 out of every 10,000 people every day and there are many causes, including mental illness, domestic violence and a shortage of affordable housing in this city. Nutritiously-balanced food goes a long way towards eliminating hunger and fulfilling a basic necessity of life,” said Dave Brace, CEO of Canterbury League Club.

Maronites on Mission is under the guidance of the Maronite Eparch of Australia, Bishop Antoine-Charbel Tarabay and the Lebanese Maronite Order monks from St Charbel’s Parish, Punchbowl.

The van is brandished with the motto: “To Love is to Serve.”

“May the words on the van constantly remind us that there is no love without service,” Bishop Tarabay said.

The charity provides a soup kitchen in Redfern, nursing home visits and home visits to struggling families across the Sydney metropolitan area.

Maronites on Mission also has activities in the Philippines and Middle East.

They are “driven by the desire to spread God’s love to the poorest of the poor.”


“No love without service”: New van puts vroom in Maronite charity (Catholic Outlook)

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