A moving feast
STREAT is leading Moving Feast, a new collaboration of 20 Victorian food social enterprises working together to-provide food relief to Victoria's most vulnerable young people during COVID-19.
Elise says the initiative covers all areas of the food system from growing through storage, cooking, distribution and education.
“It’s about strengthening the food supply chain – especially when things like COVID-19 occur. While we are in the relief stage of the pandemic, there’s huge support for it to continue into the future,” she says.
“Collectively we’re able to provide ready-made meals and food boxes to community groups who are experiencing a huge amount of need as job losses rise, mental health issues are spiking and family violence is at its peak,” she says.
Meals are prepared in STREAT’s kitchens and fresh food boxes are picked and packed within its cafes.
As many businesses shift online - and will likely remain that way beyond the crisis - STREAT is still about human connection and physical presence. Elise says COVID-19 may see STREAT undergo a few changes including its home delivery service but young people go to STREAT to have somewhere to call home.
“Our style of delivery has connection at its core. We connect young people to other people, to networks and they come to our communal spaces to be together and to learn and grow,” she says.
“That will never change.”
Caryn Kakas, Head of Housing Strategy ANZ says support for social enterprises like STREAT is so important now, more than ever.
“Last year we welcomed STREAT onto our campus and into the ANZ Community, and with every coffee purchase our staff knew they were able to help them deliver on their mission. STREAT’s grocery delivery service provides us with a seamless way to continue to support STREAT and also those who need our help now, more than ever.”