Jamie’s Italian Australia in partnership with Jamie’s Ministry of Food is opening its doors to families doing it tough this Christmas Day to host a free charity lunch in its venues, and is calling on the community to lend a hand if they can. Jamie’s Italian is looking for volunteers from the community who can pop into their local Jamie’s Italian venue and give up a little of their time on Christmas Day.

General Manager of Jamie’s Italian Australia Marlon Kigonya said volunteer jobs on the day include helping to serve, clear tables, wash dishes or even be the big man himself and don the Santa costume to help bring the Christmas cheer. “With an abundance of food, family and good times, Christmas is the highlight of the year for so many of us, but for others it can be a time of stress, loneliness and sadness,” said Marlon. “We’re passionate about our communities. We don’t want to see people miss out, feel the financial pressure or be alone on Christmas Day, so we’re giving back in the Italian way – by pulling up extra seats and welcoming people into our family,” Marlon continued. “We understand that our volunteers may have places to be, so by keeping the tasks simple – no need for any hospitality experience – and the shifts short, we hope to have plenty of people rolling up their sleeves to pitch in around the country.”

Jamie’s Ministry of Food will be inviting families in its network to come in for lunch on Christmas Day and enjoy the festivities together. Amy Smith, CEO of The Good Foundation who facilitates the Jamie’s Ministry of Food program in Australia said it is a treat to be able to offer this service to underprivileged families.

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