Community Food Projects
Around the table and in the kitchen we learn new skills, share our knowledge and support our deliciously diverse community.
These welcoming, educational spaces not only address individual food insecurity, but foster community to create strong connections and networks that empower beyond each shared occasion.
Community-capacity building food programs improve access to fresh, healthy and culturally appropriate food and are a vital part of the solution to building social connections, food literacy skills and enterprise pathways.
After School Cooking
After School Cooking
After School Cooking is a fun, cooking program that teaches vital life skills to kids without them really noticing, they just love to cook!
The menu reflects the tastes and cultures of the children who love to suggest favorites from home.
We're currently cooking in North Richmond, Fitzroy, Collingwood and Flemington.
Get in contact for further info about After School Cooking.
Fitzroy Food Swap
Food Swaps are all about meeting other local food growers, sharing information, and sharing your surplus while getting to know your neighbours.
Fitzroy’s Urban Harvest monthly food swap from 10.30am to 11:30am on the first Saturday of each month, at Smith’s Reserve next to the Fitzroy Pool (just off Alexander Parade).
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Meet & Eat
Meet and Eat is a weekly community lunch program run in partnership with Cohealth and Fitzroy Learning Network.
The lunch is free and open to anyone who wants to join in. Participants can come and help prepare the meal or just come along to share the lunch and a chat. The group discusses local initiatives, services and issues, as well as providing an opportunity to practise English language skills.
Meet and Eat happens every Wednesday at the Fitzroy Community Food Centre.
If you would like to join us for lunch, please contact us!
Community Compost Club
The Community Compost Club is a community based education and composting group operating within our existing Public Housing Community Gardens program for public housing tenants.
Gardeners learn all about composting and worm farming techniques, helping to create an ongoing supply of compost and worm castings for the garden while diverting food waste from landfill.
The Fitzroy Baking Group meets regularly at the Fitzroy Community Food Centre Oven and Highett Community Garden Oven
The group is for anyone interested in making or eating bread looking to socially connect with like-minded people.
Locals gather to share diverse bread making methods and discover the secrets of sourdough.
High Rise happens weekly on the first Mon/ Tues of the month in Fitzroy and Friday mornings in Richmond .
If you would like to join High Rise, please contact us!
Communal gardens on Public Housing Estates fill the gap for gardeners who are keen to get gardening but who do not have a garden plot.
Through partnering with local agencies, these garden beds are used by groups rather than individuals with the aim of providing more oppotunities for people to get their hands dirty and grow food. If you are an agency interested please email us via the contact form.
All our work is in partnership with others in collaboration with individuals, councils, businesses in the community. Working together we develop and implement projects that are investing in our community.
Power of Partnership
Fitzroy Community Food Centre and North Richmond 106 Kitchen
The projects offered through the Community Kitchens help people to develop food literacy and socially connect.
We would like to thank all our generous funders including The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services (Fitzroy, North Richmond, North Melbourne) thee City of Melbourne for supporting our Community Food Projects and also support from Optimizing, Frasers Property, Bendigo Bank, Bank Australia and many others each year.