Food Rescue Kitchen Project

Through grants, food donations, fund raising and food rescues, Slow Food Hunter Valley is able to provide fresh, healthy meals to local organisations such as Carries Place, Rutherford Neighbourhood Centre, Samaritan Youth Accommodation, and  Mindaribba LALC.

Through this Slow Food Hunter Valley initiative we have:
been cooking to supplement the food needs of the Maitland community since 2014
provided an average of 4000 meals per year to those in need
used almost rescued and donated food almost exclusively.

So where does it all happen? At the Readers Café and Larder, a local café at the East Maitland library

Where does the food come from? Food that would otherwise be disposed of is rescued weekly from local supermarkets and delivered to the café. Our local farmers also donate their excess crops. Local egg farmers sell us discounted eggs. People drop leave bunches of herbs, and occasionally we purchase meat and smallgoods.

Where do the meals go? Ozharvest collect the packaged food and deliver it to local organisations such as Carries Place, Rutherford Neighbourhood Centre, Samaritan Youth Accommodation, and  Mindaribba LALC.

How many volunteers are there? An average of 12 volunteers per week prepare, cook and wash up, working an average of 2 hours a week in the morning or afternoon. Some people come every week, some every fortnight, while others are available on an ad hoc basis. We have approximately 20 volunteers altogether.

What do we cook? Our cooks are very creative as we never know what food will be donated. Frittatas, soups, hotpots, pies, casseroles, as well as desserts such as banana cakes and muffins, clafoutis and bread and butter puddings.

How can you be involved? Call Margaret Kavanagh on 0447 294 591, or send an email to margkav2@gmail.com if:
you would like to donate your time
donate any excess food (for example if you are farmer, small-scale or backyard grower and have excess produce)
want to make a cash donation
are aware of any grants available for an initiative such as this.