The Flemington ‘People’s Pantry’

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The Flemington People’s Pantry is a food rescue and redistribution project run by and for members of the Flemington/ Kensington and Ascot Vale public housing estate communities.

The 9 year old program was started, in part, as a response to a study of food insecurity in the City of Moonee Valley conducted by Deakin University in 2009.

The Pantry is a registered charity agency of Foodbank Victoria.

Local volunteers order, collect and redistribute food to 50-100 people each Wednesday, (February-Christmas) in a festive, multi-cultural, multi-faith, ‘food swap’ environment.

Participants register over tea and coffee from 12.30pm in the old Newmarket Baptist Church Sanctuary at 12 Brighton Street Flemington.  After the ballot is drawn at 2pm. participants choose a hamper of food from fresh fruit and vegetables, fridge and frozen, dry goods, milk and bread between 2-3.30pm.

We partner with other agencies to provide volunteer work for asylum seekers; people experiencing mental illness or intellectual disability; and/ or un/der-employment.

We exist to redeem waste, share food and work, dispel loneliness, reconnect neighbours, celebrate difference and subvert the status quo!

If you are interested in donating or enquiring about volunteering please call or text Marcus on 0421076804.

The Wednesday program is an activity of the People’s Place: Newmarket a faith community of Essendon Baptist Church who seek to build community connections by initiating and supporting various local food initiatives.

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