Open Table’s vision is to share free meals with the community made from surplus food in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste.
Our journey began some four years ago with a humble little community dinner at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House. Four years later, we now run lunches on a weekly basis between seven different community spaces around Melbourne.
We aim to lift social barriers in communities, providing free food to those in need and an open and inclusive environment for the community to connect. We have discovered through Open Table that food has the uncanny ability to unify us, no matter who we are or what our backgrounds may be.
How Open Table Works
On a weekly basis our lovely volunteers will drive around Melbourne to collect approximately 50 kilos of food for that week’s gathering - this includes fruits, vegetables and bags of bread donated by local businesses as well as established organisations who rescue fresh produce from supermarkets. This equates to approximately 2.5 tonnes a year.
Every event, a group of five to six volunteers will get together, spend a few hours cooking and serving up the meals buffet style with 30 - 70 people attending. We have discovered over time the more diverse the community the more people attending.