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.

Now over a decade old, the People’s Pantry 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.

A diverse group of local volunteers experiencing un/under-employment order, collect and redistribute 1 to 1.5 tonnes of food to 75-100 households 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!

Enquires about volunteering please call or text Marcus on 0421076804.  Donations can be made via:

Bank: Baptist Financial Services  Account Name: Essendon Baptist

BSB: 704922  Account Number: 100005342

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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