Proud moment for FareShare’s Schools in the Kitchen program

All at FareShare take great pride in our work and achievements.

Particularly when we encourage others to help us prepare nutritious meals for people and communities in need.

We know the people who receive the meals benefit and are truly grateful. It is a very proud moment for us when those who have actively helped us prepare those meals say they have also benefited from the experience.

That’s why we were genuinely touched to receive a letter from Glen Waverley Secondary College teacher, Kate Orrock. 

Sixteen students and two staff (pictured, right) from the college volunteered at our temporary home at the Melbourne Farmers Market Kitchen in Alphington. They were participating in FareShare’s Schools in the Kitchen Program

A visit to the FareShare Schools Kitchen is a great way for students to learn about sustainability and nutrition, pick up some food handling skills and serve our communities.

The Glen Waverley Secondary College students managed to pack and seal over 270 meals, chop six crates of vegetables and decant 40 litres of soup into pouches – all in a single morning!

There was another key benefit – the raising of the awareness of a group of young people about serious social issues in their communities.

FareShare’s Schools Coordinator Pauline Malkoun facilitated the experience. Emma James was the chef during the visit. She was supported by volunteers Karen Phillips, Shirley Weiner and Glenice Cook.

In her letter, Kate said the FareShare volunteering “was a truly rewarding experience that has left a lasting impact on all of us”.

She also noted that: “Your team’s expertise and willingness to connect and share knowledge provided us with valuable insights into the challenges faced in the fight against food waste and hunger”.

Fareshare’s volunteer, schools program and kitchen team read that with pride! 

Read the letter in full:

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