It's Sunday night and about 40 people are tucking into a hearty meal of mince and vegetables inside the unassuming poured concrete confines of the Scarborough Baptist Church.
Rob, 27, sits on a step outside while his girlfriend finishes dinner.
"Sometimes there might not be much left at home by Sunday so you bring the kids down for a feed," the quietly-spoken young man, who asks me not to use his surname, says.
His girlfriend often comes down to eat at the free weekly meal service, but he only comes every now and again to keep them company, he says.
Inside, kids run around in excitement, as parents sit and talk quietly amongst themselves and pastors move around speaking with people one-on-one.
Bread from a sack donated by local bakeries sits free for anyone to take.
The nights include a meal, then a short presentation by a pastor, followed by jelly and ice cream for dessert.
Single father Glen Overy, 50, said he had been bringing his eight-year-old daughter Shanti to the Church for about five years for meals and day-care.
"It takes the pressure off one meal a week," Mr Overy said. "Even if you're working, you still struggle."
He is dismayed the church is risking serious fines if it keeps running the meals.
"How people can complain about this place, I don't know. How can they sleep at night?" he asks.
Twenty-one year old Alex Hawes tells me he comes here for the sense of community and takes part in a range of the church's social activities like quiz nights and picnics as well as the Sunday night meals.
Victoria, who tonight has six grandkids with her, the youngest just six months old, says her family has been coming to the church for at least four years. They've lived in the neighbourhood for eleven years and would be devastated if the meal services are forced to shut down.
"For us, it's a place to meet on a Sunday and the meals just come with that," she says as she dandles her grandchild on her knee.
"But some people come here with just a backpack on their backs and they really appreciate the meal and the company."
Pastors and church members are adamant that they should be allowed to serve food under their licence to operate as a church, because feeding the needy is part of a religious service.
Seven-year-member Colin Rowecliffe says: "We are a church, and inherent in that is the approval to be a church and act like a church."
We want to be a church that is community minded, that not only has bible studies and prayers but also does things in the community"."We don't just try to do talk about what Jesus does, we try to do what Jesus did."
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