Schools in the Kitchen
The FareShare Schools in the Kitchen program provides a unique opportunity for students to learn about the reality of hunger in our community and begin their own response to the issue through action. Students will also learn about food waste and rescue. They may even pick up some cooking skills — all of this while making a tangible difference in the community.
FareShare’s Schools in the kitchen is a valuable learning tool for students with many issues explored. FareShare is very excited to produce an interactive eLearning platform which allows students to explore FareShare in detail before they visit as well providing post visit evaluation and feedback opportunities. We are aiming to set a benchmark for e-learning but also capture useful lessons on social justice engagement and volunteer programs.
Northside Christian College (Year 10 students featured in photography)
Teacher: Such a variety of tasks! Kept the students very busy and engaged. Very warm welcome and nice environment. I really hope we can make this a regular thing.
Student: I enjoyed being part of all the different stages of quiche making. I would love to come back.
Student: I enjoyed cracking eggs and talking to staff about the impact the food has.
Student: It was an amazing experience.
Student: People waste so much food on a daily basis. I learned how much we can reuse that food.
Student: So much food is wasted when many people are starving. FareShare gets to cook that food to help those in need.
Student: I loved it!
“The briefing session provided by FareShare staff clearly explains these requirements and also takes them through how FareShare’s food is sourced and how the end products are distributed.
FareShare provides our students with a great opportunity to operate in a commercial kitchen. They work with large amounts of food; producing many meals that, in turn, benefit so many.
“FareShare’s efforts to help Victorians in need raises the students’ awareness of the many organisations involved in supporting others in the community. As our students meet with other volunteers, they gain an insight into the ‘bigger picture’ of how volunteering benefits not only others but the volunteers as well.
“Working at FareShare also helps develop the students’ confidence and community focus in preparation for planning and identifying an individual community project – a key requirement of the course.”