Pay it forward!
Since mid-2020, Fair Food customers have generously donated over $19,000 (and counting) to support Open Table's food relief program. All donations support their ongoing work, sharing free, healthy and delicious food.
Coinciding with the easing of COVID restrictions in Melbourne, Open Table's pre-packed Fresh Food Parcels program came to a close as of late November. Along with their partners Cultivating Community and Yarra Libraries, they shared 7,858 free food parcels, donated 5 tonnes of produce to community meal programs, and diverted 25 tonnes of food from landfill since March 2020. This has been a huge collective effort with wonderful support from CERES Fair Food customers who 'paid-forward' over $10,000 to bring food relief to people affected by the COVID lockdown.
As restrictions have eased, Open Table, along with partners Cultivating Community and Yarra Libraries, has launched its Friday Food Bank. Adopting a ‘market-style’ approach, this weekly outdoor event, located at Fitzroy Community Food Centre, sees over 100 social housing residents come along to choose from loads of donated fresh produce, frozen meals, bread, personal care items and books. Under this format, everyone has a choice of what foods and items they'd like, while being able to socialise with friends and neighbours.
Thanks to your continued support, this program will be continuing throughout 2021 supporting disadvantaged Melbournians, new migrants and lockdown affected overseas students with free, healthy and delicious food!