Our journey began some three years ago with a humble little community dinner at the Brunswick Neighbourhood House. Three years later, we now run lunches and dinners on a weekly basis between five different Melbourne suburbs in community spaces.
In addition, we also aim to lift social barriers in communities. 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. At a typical Open Table gathering you might find a young professional interested in food sustainability sharing ideas with a pensioner relying on supported residential services who is looking to socialise with their neighbours.
How Open Table Works
On a weekly basis one of our lovely volunteers will drive around Melbourne to collect approximately 50 kilos of food for that week’s gathering - this includes fruits, vegetables and several 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 weekend 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 found over time the more diverse the community the more people attending.