Great work from Mawarra Country Kitchen

04 May 2015

Mawarra’s Country Kitchen catering team is looking more professional than ever! A small grant from the Mercy Foundation has enabled another two members to join the team and provided new look uniforms and improvements to the commercial kitchen they operate in.

Country Kitchen provides supported paid employment to people with disabilities with the team based at Community College Gippsland’s Warragul McMillan campus. The team operates the café and dining room and also provides catering for functions held on campus.

Mawarra Business Services Manager, Jeff Tellefson, said the recognition from the Mercy Foundation grant had given a real morale boost to the team. “The grant has enabled the purchase of a new large freezer which will enable the team to carry more food for catering purposes and generally assist day to day operations. We have also been able to purchase and install a new air conditioning system in the kitchen which has dramatically improved working conditions, particularly during the summer months."

Mr Tellefson said the grant from the Mercy Foundation had given the team a lift, and improved productivity and efficiency for the not-for-profit catering business.

“The grant to Country Kitchen is highly appreciated as it helps Mawarra to improve employment opportunities for people with disabilities so they can develop their potential.”

The team work under the guidance of Chris Richardson. Over the past five years, they have built a viable business at CCG’s McMillan campus preparing and cooking wholesome meals and snacks for staff, students and visitors.

The Mercy Foundation congratulates the staff and team at Mawarra Country Kitchen on achieving these terrific outcomes.

Country Kitchen’s Deanne Harris with team members Chris, Kate and Narelle.

For more information on Mawarra and the Country Kitchen Catering team visit: or phone on 03 5624 3400.
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