25 Dec 2012

Free Xmas lunch in Sydney

3:07 pm on 25 December 2012

More than 120 hams and turkeys are on the menu at a free lunch on Christmas Day in Sydney's inner west.

The Exodus Foundation said around 3000 people were expected. Rev. Bill Crews said there was already a queue stretching onto Liverpool Road at Ashfield before midday (AEDT).

He told AAP it was the foundation's 27th free Christmas Day lunch and each year the number of people turning up increased.

"With the cost of living as high as it is I'm not surprised that today's turnout is high," Rev Crews said.

"Just because you're lonely or you can't afford Christmas doesn't mean you have to go without," he said.

AAP reports the annual lunch began with a plate of sandwiches and two lonely people 27 years ago. Four years later, it griwn to feeding more than 400 people and this year was set to be the biggest yet.

Guests were to be served 65 hams, 55 turkeys, 540kg of baked vegetables, 220 litres of gravy and 330 litres of custard.