A Current Affair Transformation – Our Big Kitchen
A Current Affair recently shared a heartfelt story around Our Big Kitchen’s (OBK) incredible work in the community.
It all began in Rabbi Doctor Dovid Slavin and his wife Laya Slavin’s home kitchen 18 years ago, for people of all walks of life to connect through food. It has since grown into a community run, industrial kitchen where meals are prepared for distribution to the Salvation Army, St Vincent’s De Paul, hospitals, Ambos, womens’ – youth and children’s shelters, hostels, religious organisations, and anyone else who’s hungry.
Feeding people is the aim, but the journey of how the meals are made, and the stories of the people making them, are just as important. OBK typically makes 1,500 meals a week. During the bushfires, that ramped up to 2,500. Right now the team are pumping out 3,500 meals a week and they want to do more.
COVID-19 has hit OBK hard. The kitchen doesn’t receive funding, it survives by catering functions and other corporate events which have all been cancelled. So ACA wanted to give back to OBK and along with others we were part of a big surprise for this couple, who’s heart and soul has gone into helping others. At Freedom Kitchens, we designed and installed our first Kosher kitchen in the Slavin’s family home and we feel truly grateful to have contributed to this special story.