Our Community Food Centre and Community Food Projects bring people together to connect over food. 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 meal.
Community Food Projects
Community-capacity building food programs improve access to fresh,
healthy and culturally appropriate food and are a vital part of the solution
to fighting food insecurity, poverty and hunger
After School Cooking
After School Cooking is a fun, free cooking program that teaches vital healthy 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 favourites from home.
It can get pretty chaotic but somehow a wonderful meal always emerges on the table!
We're currently cooking in Fitzroy, Collingwood and Flemington.
Meet and 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.
The Fitzroy Baking Group meets regularly at the Fitzroy Community Food Centre Oven in the name of sourdough, fire and community.
The group is for anyone interested in making or eating bread.
Locals gather to share diverse bread making methods and discover the secrets of sourdough. The loaves made are then sold at The Community Grocer Fitzroy.
High Rise happens on the first Mon/ Tues of the month.
Fitzroy Urban Harvest Food Swap
Food Swaps are all about meeting other local food growers, sharing information, and sharing your surplus while getting to know your neighbours.
Cultivating Community together with 3000acres organise 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).
Food Waste & Composting
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.
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.
Power of Partnership
Our Food Systems Projects harness the power of partnership by working in collaboration with individuals, councils and other organisations in the local community. Working together we develop and implement projects that work toward an equitable food system
Fitzroy Community Food Centre
The projects offered through the FCFC help people to access fresh food, learn about growing and preparing food and provide opportunities to share
food in a spirit of conviviality.
The kitchen is available to local groups
and individuals to use regularly
or for one-off events.
We would like to thank all our generous funders including The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services (Fitzroy) and the City of Melbourne for supporting our Community Food Projects.