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Good morning FFI folks, 


July has kicked off with an absolute bang in combating food insecurity in the Illawarra, check out the Illawarra Food Hub!!

Read on for markets, swaps, workshops, events, citrus gleaning and more!! 
JUNE SPOTLIGHT
Fighting Waste Feeding People
Is what has driven the coordinated efforts of local organisations to successfully apply for grant funding for the Illawarra Food Hub project. Close to $400,000 has been received for infrastructure to optimise the collection and redistribution of good food destined for landfill in the Illawarra. While welfare and community services are providing essential meals for people experience some degree of food insecurity the demand is ever increasing. 

The grant application was supported by fourteen project partners including Food Fairness Illawarra, House of Hope Food Barn, Healthy Cities Illawarra, Illawarra Shoalhaven Local Health District, Wollongong, Shellharbour and Kiama Councils and the Illawarra Joint Organisation. Provided by the Environmental Trust as part of the NSW EPA’s Waste Less Recycle More initiative, the grant will deliver the essential infrastructure our region needs to reduce food waste and improve access to healthy food for people in need. Many social and economic benefits will also be gained through this project. 

Businesses interested in donating food and food aid organisations seeking rescued food are invited to contact Lizzie Millar, General Manager of House of Hope Food Barn on 0487 191 214.

For more info & to follow the exciting journey: Illawarra Food Hub

Shellharbour City Council and Healthy Cities Illawarra recently partnered to run a social inclusion cooking program for Shellharbour residents over the age of 50. During the first six-weeks of the program participants gained nutritional skills and knowledge through an educational component as well as learning to cook a new recipe each week that was then shared socially.  The Cook Chill Chat program focussed on connecting with others, improving the health and wellbeing of participants and understanding more about what we should eat. 

When asked participants indicated that they have gained a great deal from being part of the group thus far such as friendship, new life experiences, interesting conversations and knowledge about healthy eating, food storage and how to reduce waste.

The group has embraced the ongoing Cook Chill Chat element with a bi-weekly catch up, alternating cooking sessions with other community activities, including visiting the library, a local farm and the nursery and attending waste and environmental workshops.

Cook Chill Chat food waste challenge was a great success! Thanks EPA Love Food Hate Waste NSW for the awesome reward tea towels!! 

UPCOMING EVENTS
Kiama Farmers' Market
Every Wednesday from 14:00 pm - 17:00 pm (Due to rain) @ The Pavilion Kiama in Bong Bong Street on 6 July.

Here comes the rain......so you'll find the Kiama Farmers' Market this week at The Pavilion Kiama in Bong Bong Street.

Yay!...shop indoors cosy and dry with lots of parking available onsite. 30+ of our favourite farmers & makers will be ready to look after your shopping needs this week! 

Keep an eye on the Kiama Farmers' Market FB page for next weeks' location! 

Crop & Swap Kiama 
Saturday 9 July 2016, 10:00 am - 11:00 am @ Kiama Community Garden

Join other home growers in the Kiama area to swap surplus fruit, veg or seedlings every second Saturday of the month. 

 For more info: Crop 'n' Swap

Waste Not Fruit and Veg Swap
Sunday 17 July 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ North Wollongong PCYC Community Garden
Come along and enjoy swapping your homegrown produce & veggie seeds / plants / cuttings with fellow backyard growers every Third Sunday of the month. 

Even if you don't have anything to swap, please feel welcome to still come along, enjoy the company and check out the beautiful community garden. Or you could bring something to share for morning tea! 

This is a very kid friendly event with lots of room for little ones to explore the garden and other kids to play with. 
Bokashi Composting Workshop
Wednesday 20 July 2016, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm @ Botanic Garden Discovery Centre, Wollongong
Bokashi is a Japanese fermenting agent which makes compost breakdown so incredibly fast. This workshop provided by Wollongong City Council will discuss how to use Bokashi and make some together to take home.
 
Cost - $10.50 per person - debit/credit card only.  

For more info & bookings: call 4227 7667 or botanicgarden@wollongong.nsw.gov.au
 
Apple pie bake-off! 
Sunday 24 July 2016, 9:30 am - 13:30 pm @ Darkes Glenbernie Orchard
Do you have a talent for baking scrumptious apple pie? Is your son/daughter a pie masterchef in the making?  

Darkes Glenbernie Orchard has teamed up with the Stanwell Park Country Woman's Association (CWA) to have their first crack at running a bake-off and are looking for the best apple pie bakers to take on the challenge!

A true celebration of locally grown fresh produce and family cooking!! An entry will cost $10 - all proceeds will go to the CWA.

For more info & entry: Darkes Apple pie bake-off!
OPPORTUNITIES

BOOK NOW - Australian Community Food Hubs Conference


For more info & bookings: Australian Community Food Hubs Conference

NOW OPEN - Food donation infrastructure grants 


Applications are open until 13 July 2016 for grants of up to $500,000 for equipment to collect, store and redistribute donated food, such as fridges, freezers, forklifts and refrigerated vans. Watch “Feed people not landfill” showcasing the work that food rescue organisations are doing thanks to previous funding.

For more info & application forms: Environmental Trust website.

CALL OUT - Citrus Surplus Gleaning!!
Have you been blessed with more citrus than you, your family & neighbours can possibly eat? 

Hidden Harvest, a bunch of Food Waste reduction warriors, are offering their harvesting, collection and transforming skills to ensure that no fruit is left to waste!! The up-cycled delights, including candied peels, cordials and preserved lemons, will used to engage community members in the food waste conversation and how to combat. 

So if you would like to see your surplus put to good use... Get on board with Hidden Harvest’s goal to reduce food waste and get in touch: Citrus Surplus Gleaning 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT & EXCITEMENT

What's on your plate? 

Consumer led demand has prompted long overdue changes to Australia's country of origin labelling. At the start of this month, the Australian Government introduced clearer food labelling requirements with the addition of a percentage bar under the kangaroo label. The bar will provide the actual percentage of Australian ingredients in products which previously just carried the claim 'Made in Australia with local and imported ingredients'. 

It is a huge win for local producers and manufacturers, and also consumers who can be empowered with knowledge that their choices are helping to support Australian farmers. See Country of Origin Labelling for the full update on Australia's labelling laws.


Ever heard of Fair Food Forager? These legends provide an on-line service, to help you find delicious food that supports environmental sustainability and ethics! Be sure to grab their recently released FREE iPhone or Android app, to effortlessly find super tasty and ethical food!

For more info & E-news signup: Fair Food Forager. 
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