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Cooking for good: Free food hits the spot for lockdown blues

A Brunswick West woman has sung, danced and cooked herself out of the lockdown blues, generously feeding strangers in need.

Camille Ruiz said it was an unexpected joy to cook meals and donate them to locals struggling financially or mentally.

Labour of love: Camille Ruiz is cookng and giving out free meels to locals in need.

Labour of love: Camille Ruiz is cookng and giving out free meels to locals in need.Credit:Scott McNaughton

By her own admission, Ms Ruiz was previously “not much of a cook”, usually preparing herself simple salads or pre-made dishes. But she now enjoys cooking more substantial meals, such as lasagne, risotto and honey soy chicken, and handing out up to 10 portions at a time.

She likes listening to French pop songs, dancing and singing while cooking.

Followers of the Brunswick Fairly Good Karma Facebook page have lauded her “beautiful gesture” and described her as an “absolute angel” over the past month as she has made 11 call-outs for people to collect her meals.

One of Camille Ruiz’s Facebook call-outs for people to collect her free meals.

One of Camille Ruiz’s Facebook call-outs for people to collect her free meals. Credit:Facebook

Regular meal recipient Tess, 61, of Coburg, who is unemployed and unable to continue her volunteer work at an opp shop because of the COVID-19 restrictions, became emotional talking to The Age about the project.

She said Ms Ruiz was “a wonderful person” whose “amazing” help “is coming from her heart and her own personal resources”.

Ms Ruiz, 33, a public servant, who has worked from home for 18 months, said she started to feel aimless and down after her grandmother, Christiane, died in France in May.

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