Giving back

Sunny Street

All our meals support Sunny Street – where food starts a conversation. For every four meals sold, we will provide one meal, or the equivalent value, to help them support homeless people.

Dr Nova Evans and Sonia Goodwin met in February 2017 whilst working in the Public Health System.

Within their employed roles, they both worked as managers of services whose primary focus was to discharge people safely home from the hospital system.

One evening they viewed a documentary about a Palliative Care Doctor in India who had decided to assist the poorest of individuals on the streets by providing palliative care in a safe shelter, ensuring a dignified death. After this documentary, Nova and Sonia questioned whether they were truly reaching those individuals and families within the local community who were inherently vulnerable and were unable to access mainstream healthcare. As skilled leaders, managers and clinicians, they decided to search for a way to positively impact their local community’s healthcare at an individual, family and regional level and take action.

In March 2018, Dr Evans & Sonia Goodwin resigned on the same day from their public sector managerial roles to make a difference as a Doctor and a Nurse, by creating a new model of care while working outside the system.

Several weeks later, after many conversations with women in varying businesses and viewing the shocking Australian Bureau of Statistics data on children under the age of 12 who are experiencing homelessness, the concept of Sunny Street evolved.

Sunny Street offers the chance for disadvantaged people to have a conversation with a Doctor and/or a nurse regarding their own unique health journey, their capacity to take action and how they can change their life in a positive and independent way.

As part of our commitment to making a difference to people experiencing homelessness, The Hatted Chef has made a commitment to provide quality, nutritious meals or funds to feed the vulnerable and support homelessness. For more information visit