We are a small not-for-profit who believes in contributing towards a better community.
Food is the fabric of our society. It can act as an agent for social change, and together we can make our community stronger.
Each year we work with five Community Partners to celebrate and elevate their good work within our local community. In turn, they contribute to the depth and breadth of our program through hosting an event for free during the Festival.
Our Community Partners are carefully selected based on small-scale/local initiatives with a strong food connection.
The Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Foundation aims to positively influence the eating habits of children, for life, in an effort to address the increasing crisis of childhood obesity (currently one in four Australian children). The Foundation provides skills, support and inspiration to schools delivering the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden National Program. By June 2015 800 schools across Australia will be running the Program, actively engaging more than 100,000 children annually.
StreetSmart takes action against homelessness. We raise funds and awareness for small, 'hard to reach' grassroots services and projects. These projects provide critical services and emergency aid as well as promoting social inclusion, empowerment and sustainable change for people who are homeless or at risk. Since 2003 we have worked closely with the hospitality industry and 100% of donations raised through our events (DineSmart and CafeSmart) are distributed in the form of community grants. To date we have raised $3,031,680 and supported 845 grassroots projects.
Administered by SKYS, HEAT (Hospitality, Employment and Training program) is a youth re-engagement program which provides training, skills and strategies for young people aged 16 to 25 who have been disengaged from mainstream education. Since 2005 over 360 students have taken part in the program which offers a Certificate II in Hospitality (Kitchen Operations). Guy Grossi has been the patron of HEAT since 2007.
Yume wants to create a world without waste because all good food deserves to be eaten. Our wholesale platform creates a marketplace between suppliers with quality surplus produce and businesses who will use it. Suppliers might include producers, wholesalers, distributors and manufacturers, while Buyers could be cafes, restaurants, caterers, hospitals, conference centres, manufacturers or anyone with a commercial kitchen.
Urban Seed is a Community Development Agency that works alongside those experiencing homelessness, drug addiction, and mental health issues, along with other consequences of entrenched poverty. It started in the Laneways of Melbourne 25 years ago and along with this CBD work is now working in Geelong, St Albans and Wangaratta. Urban Seed is involved in helping people find a place to belong and a people to belong to, and to work on their mastery, independence, and generosity through hospitality, arts, and recreation.