Community Foodies deliver to needy
13 December 2016
A project to grow fresh food for local community foodbanks and build work-related skills for participants has got off to a great start with the first delivery of produce made to Milpara Community House at Korumburra.
Community College Gippsland (CCG) is running the new Community Foodies project at its Leongatha campus which is helping to skill people for work in rural careers and grow food for people in need.
CCG Program leader, Gillian Williamson, said the Leongatha Community Foodies group were growing a range of fresh vegetables and herbs.
“The program has received support from two horticulture nurseries who have donated trays of seedlings of tomatoes, snowpeas, silverbeet, celery, carrots, strawberries and more.
“Scotsburn Nurseries and Oasis Horticulture’s contribution to the project is making a real difference to the quantity and range of crops our volunteers can grow. A number of local shops have also donated much needed fertilizers, hosing, seeds, wood chips and mulch to support the venture.
“The more fresh food we can grow the more we can deliver to support individuals and families.”
Manager of Milpara Community House, Jenni Keerie, said the fresh food was well received by the families and individuals accessing the emergency foodbank at Milpara.
“With the festive season upon there will be increased demand on community food banks before and after Christmas.”
Mrs Williamson said the project was a creative approach to build real employment skills and contribute to the community.
“The program is open to people who are unemployed and seeking to build work skills and experience. Contributions from individuals or organisations willing to donate seeds, plants or equipment to boost the Community Foodies project are also most welcome.”
The project is being run by Community College Gippsland with the support of Sureway Employment and has places for eleven participants at Leongatha and Warragul.
“The aim is to produce fresh fruit and vegetables each month to donate to Community Foodbanks at community organisations in South and West Gippsland.
For information on the Community Foodies work skills program, phone Community College Gippsland on 5622 6000.