Victoria’s food social enterprises are building a collaborative response to the Covid-19 crisis.
- Immediate food relief for the state’s most vulnerable people
- Increasing food security of low-income households, public housing tenants and local communities
- Engaging households in the food growing process
- Increasing urban farming within the inner city
- Creating integrated and resilient local food systems
- Raise funds - note all donations are tax deductible
The goal: $3 million in 3 months
Which will help fund...
- Mass production and delivery of over 50,000 culturally appropriate emergency meals a week throughout the pandemic (boxes of ready made meals and staples, and fruit and veg boxes)
- Mass assembly and distribution of start-up kitchen garden kits for balconies and backyards
- Building of larger scale urban agricultural infrastructure to restock our fresh food larder for the coming seasons
- Connecting social enterprises working right across the food system from growing, storing, distribution, cooking, education, community development and connection.
And by doing this you'll also:
- Save hundreds of jobs within the food social enterprise sector
- Sustain and grow the social enterprises that help create a just, sustainable and resilient food system.
Key points so far:
- 22,359 meals and 17,080 food boxes delivered by STREAT, ASRC, Free to Feed, Kinfolk, RACV, Fruit2Work and Cultivating Communities
- 750,000 seeds planted by Collingwood Children's Farm, Common Ground and Cultivating Communities
- Growing continues at Floyd Estate Williamstown, Flemington Community Gardens, Veggie Spot via 3000 acres, Melbourne Farmers Hub in addition to Common Ground, Collingwood Children's Farm and Cultivating Community sites.
- Hundreds of in-depth conversations, involving hundreds of hours of work, have been had with various government and private sources of funding. Many of these conversations are on-going.
- Over 400 conversations have been had with active community organisations about the acute and chronic need for nutritious food.
- Demand for meals and food support is growing fast, with so many more people than usual falling into food insecurity.
Recipients include: Whittlesea Community Connections, Fitzroy Learning Network, Collingwood Neighbourhood House, Rowville Community Kitchen, ASRC, Umbrella Dementia Cafes, North Richmond Community Health, Thorne Harbour Health, Free to Feed, Sacred Heart Mission, Melbourne City Mission, Pantry 500, Church of Christ Mission, Concern Australia, Brimbank City Council, Drummond Street and Australian Multicultural Services.
Feedback from those who have received the meals:
“It’s huge – people now know the whole family will have at least one cooked meal on the table a day. It has relieved the stress and pressure on the adults who wondered how they were going to feed their children”
“Most large organisations exclude halal and don’t provide the type of food Moving Feast does, this food relief fits community needs.”
“The Elders thought it was healthy, heartwarming and helpful.”
“10/10 – excellent amount of food and a great range. It was really nice.”
How can you help?
We are urgently seeking further public, corporate and philanthropic support to sustain and rapidly grow this food security initiative.
Please donate as soon as you can!
Social Traders has full DGR1 status and therefore all donations over $2 are tax-deductible.
STREAT also has full DGR1 status and is a founding member of Moving Feast. STREAT launched and manages this crowdfunding campaign on behalf of SENVIC and the Moving Feast collective (see below).
Social Traders are supporters of SENVIC and Moving Feast but are not beneficiaries of the project. Their role is to act as an independent group to oversee the collection, receipting and distribution of funds.
For all enquiries please contact:
Bec Scott, CEO of STREAT, at [email protected]
Elise Bennetts on 0429 008 209
Ian Johnson on 0418 314 009
The RACV Foundation. The Foundation has provided seed funding for the Moving Feast project.
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust. The Trust has also contributed to the project.
Newsboys Foundation. The Foundation has also donated to support the project.
Moving Feast collective
This project is proudly being led by STREAT and delivered on behalf of the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria (SENVIC).
The team already includes: STREAT, CERES, Common Ground Project, Community Grocer, Cultivating Community, Fruit2Work, Free to Feed, Melbourne Farmer’s Markets, Open Food Network, ACRE, Collingwood Children’s Farm, ASRC Catering, Kinfolk, 3000 Acres, Good Cycles, Whittlesea Food Collective, Laneway, and RMIT’s Bowen Street Press.
There are over 100 food social enterprises across the state. These enterprises and others are welcome to join the team too.