Expanding community food programs across Melbourne, so that more people can be sustained by nutritious food.
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is supporting Cultivating Community to expand its community food program at Fitzroy Community Food Centre to 20 public housing and social housing communities across Melbourne.
This program will provide a range of food programs to address food security issues, increasing access to nutritious food and improving healthy cooking and eating.
Programs will include After School Cooking sessions for children, community lunches, cooking classes such as cooking on a budget/cooking for one/healthy lunch boxes, love food hate waste programs, gardening workshops such as growing vegetables or composting, garden produce food swaps, affordable produce markets, social enterprise development such as cultural catering, access to emergency food via a community pantry and partnerships with traditional emergency food relief partners.
Staff at each site review the needs of each community and develop food programs suitable for the community’s local population. It also promotes sustainable food system practices such as urban agriculture and reducing food waste.
Food brings people together and community food programs do just that. Learning is encouraged as well as celebration of heritage and culture.
“These community food programs are bringing communities together to celebrate and respect the diverse cultures represented in each community, which develops stronger and more resilient communities,” said Catherine.