Revered chef Neil Perry has rented a food court space at Stockland Piccadilly, in Pitt Street, for his Hope Delivery meal service.
The charitable venture services the homeless and vulnerable people in the community affected by COVID.
Launched last March, it has delivered 300,000 spreads.
“We’re grateful that Stockland has provided a prime tenancy within their Piccadilly CBD retail precinct so we can continue with the great work we do with Hope Delivery,” the restaurateur said.
“We’ve been searching since late last year for a location that has a kitchen suitable to accommodate the number of meals we need to produce, but also with a separate area where volunteers have enough space to package the food for distribution,” he added.
More than 5000 meals can be prepared at the space each week.
“Being so centrally located will also make it easy for our many volunteers to travel to us,” according to the chef.
“For the first time, we’ll also be selling our food for purchase to CBD workers, which will help us fund even more charitable meals,” he said (story continues below).
“We’re excited to offer more ways for the community to get involved; whether it be through donations, volunteering – or soon – through purchasing meals to take home”.
In February, Mr Perry signed a 10-year lease for a new venture at Double Bay’s Pallas House, which is under construction.
The two storey Piccadilly shopping centre – 100 metres from Pitt St Mall – contains 2999 sqm configured as 39 tenancies.
Stockland chief executive officer, Commercial Property, Louise Mason, said “COVID has forced the retail industry to think differently about its shopping centres and consider new ways to utilise space that help make it more of a destination and remain relevant in such a challenged environment”.
Hope Delivery has four dedicated staff members and 12 individual and corporate volunteers.