the exodus foundation


The Exodus Foundation, based from the Ashfield Uniting Church Parish Mission, provides welfare, healthcare and educational services to those who need it most in our local community.

The Foundation was started over 25 years ago when Rev Bill Crews saw the need to assist homeless and abandoned youth. Now many years later, the Foundation has grown to include the Loaves and Fishes Free Restaurant created to help feed those in need in the Inner West.

The Foundation provides shelter, a Literacy Tutorial Centre and the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant, a free restaurant serving more than 400 meals per day to those living on the edge of poverty in our community.

Click here for more information or to support the Exodus Foundation’s work.


As part of the Service Learning program at Newington all boys in Year 11 have the opportunity to contribute to the Exodus Foundation in a practical way, by volunteering at the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant. As part of a roster system based on House, the boys work with other volunteers to help prepare and serve guests during the breakfast service.

Newington is also responsible for the desert van, which now runs every Friday night at the Loaves and Fishes Restaurant.

Boys in Year 7 also contribute to the Loaves and Fishes initiative through the school vegetable garden. They take on the responsibility of planting, tending and harvesting the vegetables, which are then donated to the restaurant and contribute to the daily meals that are provided to those in need.