Health food outlet

KERANG District Health's new cafe/kiosk is open for business, serving simple food and hot drinks in the hospital foyer.

Kerang District Health's new kiosk is open for business.

Kerang District Health's new kiosk is open for business.

On offer at the kiosk are pies, pasties, sausage rolls, sandwiches, soups, fresh fruit, tea and coffee.

Melissa Hayes has been appointed kiosk co-ordinator and is keen to promote its presence. "People don't know it's here yet," she said.

Director of corporate services, Peter Jones said the kiosk was "a bit of a service to people who happen to be here because we're a fair way from the main street."

"But we want to get the message out that the kiosk is open to everyone." 

Mr Jones said management would monitor demand and consider extending the cafe's operating hours.

Kerang District Health catering and domestic services supervisor, Wendy Vanderheiden described the kiosk as "a place people can come and relax if they're stressed out with work or have a relative that's sick."

"It's also a meeting place," she said.

But the premises so far lacks a name, and Kerang District Health is inviting people to vote from a list of 51 suggestions.

Whether it becomes known as Daily Grind, Care Kiosk, Cafe Alamatta, Norfolk Cafe, Jump Start, Runaway Cafe, Dispensary or something else will be up to the voting public.

"Once we get the name up, it will give it a bit of an identity of its own," Mr Jones said.

Ms Vanderheiden said it was satisfying to see the project come to fruition.

"There has been a lot of hard work and decision-making over the last 12 months. It's really good to see it finished, up and running, and accepted by everyone," she said.

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