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25 September 2020
Fridge funding fillip for Food Share

The Perth South Community Food Share hub has secured funding for a new display fridge. The Food Share hub, which operates out of the Moncreiffe Community Hall, has been growing from strength to strength following an initial pilot over the summer.

Liz Barrett said “We set this up in July, based on Food Shares supported by Letham4All in other parts of the city. Letham4all have been brilliant. Our aim is to reduce food waste and offer food and other items at low or no cost.”

The project has since met great support from residents and volunteers in Moncreiffe, Friarton and Craigie. Liz added “We’ve had a tremendous response. Over 100 people have signed up, with many regulars and a great team of volunteers keen to continue this initiative. It’s also been really good to have donations of rhubarb, plums and apples from local residents and South Perth Community Garden.”

Initially the Food Share got support from the Mustard Seed Café, who lent a fridge freezer to help Liz and her team get the project off the ground. Liz Barrett said “We’re delighted that our Food Share has been awarded funding from the COVID-19 Supporting Communities Fund. We’d have struggled without the Mustard Seed’s help. The display fridge is great, people can see what’s inside without having to open the door which means that chilled goods are kept fresher.”

South Perth Food Share is open to everyone (it isn’t a foodbank) and usually has chilled foods, delicious meals made by the Mustard Seed Café or Giraffe, fresh fruit & veg, bakery, and assorted staples.  It’s open Thursdays and Saturdays, 11am to 1pm.

If you could help the Food Shares, especially by driving to collect supplies in your car from time to time, or would like to donate spare tinned food or garden produce, please come along or let Liz know at liz4perthsouth@gmail.comor by phoning 571527.

Photo: volunteers Liz Barrett. Jo Sharp and Lorna Johnson with the new fridge

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