BATHURST'S food van, and the Mayor, have gotten a shout out on a Facebook page dedicated to acts of kindness during COVID-19.
The Kindness Pandemic Facebook page, which has thousands of followers, had a post last week from visitor to the city "Kate Victoria" who was super impressed with her first taste of Bathurst.
Kate posted she and a friend pulled up at rest stop in Bathurst preparing for a night of cooking in the rain, "when a man approached us and informed us that we could get a hot meal and coffee across the way if we liked."
"Intrigued, we went over and received a hot bowl of spaghetti bolognese and had a nice chat with the Mayor of Bathurst and his wife. They provide hot meals every Monday and Tuesday night out of their trailer for anyone (travellers included), but with a focus on helping the homeless and those doing it tough in the area.
"We offered a donation but they politely declined saying they are happy to serve anyone and simply have a conversation over a hot meal."
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She said "often we don't think of politicians doing these things without using it as a one time photo opt, so it was refreshing to meet someone organically that does this every week because they know there is a need for it in the area."
"Tonight's unexpected events reminded me to be grateful, and that if you are able to help those doing it tough, no act of kindness is too small. I thought I would reflect on Bathurst as cold and rainy, instead I will be reminded of the kindness in this community," she said.
Mayor of Bathurst, Bobby Bourke, said while it was lovely to hear such great feedback, the service is simply there to help people in need.
He was also quick to acknowledge the work of the volunteers, many of whom prefer to be involved anonymously.
Cr Bourke said he remembered the couple who went on to post about the hospitality they received that night.
"These two young people drove up in a van, a Kombi and we offered them a meal an somewhere to shower in the morning and wash their clothes if they needed. I didn't really think anymore about it," he said.
"They happened to ask me what I did, so I told them I was the Mayor, and we spoke about the food van," he said.
He said the food van has been operating two nights a week for about 12 months, on a busy night it feeds up to 20 people, on a quiet night about eight to 10.
He said it was a service primarily to assist the homeless and people doing it tough.
He said there were a lot of people in the community experiencing hardship, and it was good to help out.