‘Let’s Keep Cooking’ is the umbrella name of our community cooking programs. These programs are all about designing and starting food projects with the community that are culturally appropriate, sustainable, and joyful!
According to our recent report on the impacts of Covid 19 on our community at the Fitzroy Public Housing Estate:
93% of people are more worried about if they can afford food since Covid19
63% of people have worried about how to afford food for the last 6 months
31% of people had run out of food and couldn’t afford any more at least once in the last 12months
-Buckley 2020 all above 3 Fitzroy Food Review
" The top benefits of food relief include feeling less hungry (40%) as well as improvements in mental (27%) and physical health (26%)."
-Foodbank Hunger Report, 2020
Let's Keep Cooking aims to help join the dots between collaborations, localities, and community cooking activities across community groups, local governments, and service providers.
Through inclusive and culturally appropriate content, Let's Keep Cooking aims to provide a platform in which people from a diverse range of backgrounds can come together around food.
North Richmond and Fitzroy
We have longstanding relationships at the Atherton and North Richmond Estates. We began managing the Atherton Community Garden in 2002, our involvement with the Fitzroy Food Centre began in the garden and grew from there! We began managing the space in 2012, running a successful after school cooking program and a food market.
In 2014, through community consultation and partnership, the Fitzroy Food Centre was established in its current form! The centre is a hub that connects the community garden and the kitchen, providing a place for gathering, connecting and knowledge sharing through the medium of food and gardening.
During the pandemic it has served as a base for our food relief program, and it is the home of our High Rise Baking Group! The North Richmond Estate is home to the largest community garden we manage – Highett St, as well as the Lennox St Garden. It is also where our office space is located.
In 2020, we employed our North Richmond Coordinator through our Let’s Keep Cooking program to run cooking and gardening programs on the estate, which will enable us to deepen our connection with the estate- not just through the community gardens but through cooking activities as well!