Through a diverse, integrated partnership with retailers and suppliers, The ‘Food to Live’ Project at The Kitchens is delivering real outcomes for disadvantaged people in the local community.
Led by The Kitchens retailer, ICON Training Academy, the project is funded through the ‘Skilling Queenslanders for Work’ government initiative, and is designed to provide opportunities for people who are unemployed, disengaged or disadvantaged to engage in meaningful community contributions while gaining valuable knowledge and skills in a realistic work environment.
Participants come from disadvantaged backgrounds including homeless, disengaged youth and women re-entering the workforce, and in the first year of the program produced around 20,000 meals which were subsequently distributed to the homeless through a partnership with Rosie’s “Friends of the Street”, St Johns Crisis Centre, and Walk with Me to deliver the meals.
Produce is supplied through donations from local food retailers and suppliers including Woolworths Robina, Coles Robina, Gold Coast Bidfoods, Super Butcher and various local food suppliers.
20 participants have taken part in the two intakes of Food to Live and completed the accredited training offered through the program, with 75% of these participants subsequently securing apprenticeships in Commercial Cookery and another gaining a paid employment position.