Moving Feast

By Social Traders

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Urgent food relief for people in Melbourne's locked-down towers

Over 3000 culturally appropriate meals from the Moving Feast collective were delivered to people in the towers across the first weekend of the lockdown. This will now increase to around 3000 meals and fresh food boxes each day.

This has been a huge effort by the collective, particularly from The Community Grocer, Melbourne Farmers Markets, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and STREAT.

The Department of Health and Human Services, Vic Health and the Trades Hall Council are also providing major ongoing support to this effort.

Thank you one and all.

Enabling this activity, is an example of the reasons why Moving Feast was created, as set out in our plan back in March.

The plan

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

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:

  • 70,000 meals and food boxes delivered by STREAT, ASRC, Free to Feed, Kinfolk, RACV, Fruit2Work and Cultivating Community
  • 760,000 seeds planted by Collingwood Children's Farm, Common Ground and Cultivating Community
  • 5,567 square metres of land is now under planting in plots across Abbotsford, Flemington, Alphington, Brunswick, Burwood, Williamstown and Freshwater Creek. Cultivating Community is coordinating this effort.
  • 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 500 conversations have been had with active community organisations about the acute and chronic need for nutritious food.
  • Free to Feed has done 315 individual health assessments
  • Cultivating Community has delivered 270 Cooking Club packs
  • Demand for meals and food support is still growing, with so many more people than usual falling into food insecurity.
  • Over 80 community groups and welfare agencies have been recipients of these meals and food boxes, for distribution to families in need across their own communities.

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, Casey City Council, Youth Projects, Drummond Street, Australian Multicultural Services and Sunshine Neighbourhood House.

Feedback from those who have received the meals:

" The school's welfare officers were so excited to have a non-sugary healthy option to provide the children at breakfast club."

“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.

Philanthropic partners

The RACV Foundation provided the initial seed funding for the Moving Feast project.

The following Trusts and Foundations have now also provided funding.

Newsboys Foundation, Westpac Foundation, Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation, Scanlon Foundation, John & Betty Laidlaw Legacy, PwC Foundation, Rado Foundation, Fouress Foundation, MaiTri Foundation, Coopers Investments, VCF Bird Family, Simpson Family Foundation, Wolf Foundation, Arcare Foundation, Limb Family Foundation, John Deere Foundation, Jack Brockoff Foundation.

From the bottom of our collective hearts, we thank you, one and all.

Words cannot express just how grateful we all are for this incredible level of generosity and support. Take care of yourself, your family and friends and stay connected. Thanks again, from the entire collective.

The Moving Feast collective

This project is proudly being led by STREAT and delivered on behalf of the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria (SENVIC).

The collective team already includes: STREAT, CERES, Common Ground Project, Community Grocer, Cultivating Community, Fruit2Work, Free to Feed, Melbourne Farmer’s Markets, ACRE, Collingwood Children’s Farm, Asylum Seekers Resource Centre Catering, Open Food Network, Kinfolk, 3000 Acres, KABUU, Sustain, Planted Places, Farmily, 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.

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


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Team Members

Ian Johnson

Bec Scott

Elise Bennetts