FOR years the Cornerstone Community Kitchen has served up delicious weekly meals for hundreds of locals at the Coledale Community Centre.
However, due to restrictions against public gatherings caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the kitchen has had to shut its doors.
Despite the setback, the dedicated team of volunteers who regularly dish up the meals are taking the show on the road, via gift hampers.
Regular volunteer Susan Adams said the group was now calling on the community for donations to go into the hampers.
"Basically, we are currently not allowed on the site because of the government's restrictions regarding coroanvirus," Ms Adams said.
"But we still want to be there for the people who enjoy our weekly meals and we thought hampers would be the best way to do that.
"At the moment, we are mostly focusing on unopened non-perishable items such as; rice, pasta and canned foods."
Ms Adams said the group of volunteers, will co-ordinate with people donating for pick up of the goods.
"We are very committed to practising social distancing because we don't want to get anyone sick," she said.
"In saying that, we are still really eager to get out there and help those who need a hand.
"At this stage, the best way for people to donate is to contact us via email or social media and we can organise a safe way to pick up any donations."
Ms Adams said the kitchen had gained popularity in recent years and would regularly feed 60 to 100 people weekly.
"I think with the drought, our numbers have grown over the past few years," she said.
"That brought in new people from right around the region, which is fantastic.
"The kitchen is not just limited to the Coledale community and neither is this hamper drive.
"We want to try and help as many people as we can right across Tamworth."
To donate, contact the kitchen via email at email@example.com.