BEAUTIFUL SOULS DOING BEAUTIFUL THINGS – OPEN TABLE
How many of us take our meals for granted? There are so many people in Australia (and the world) who are not sure when or where the next meal will come from. This is why I am please to introduce to you all this Beautiful Soul – Angela from Open Kitchen!
Open Table’s vision to share free meals with the community made from the surplus food that is so often wasted from supermarkets and other businesses is inspiring. Not only are they helping to reduce the amount of wasted food and landfill, they are helping to ease the food insecurity that is wide spread throughout the community.
I know you are going to be just as inspired as me, so without further ado,
I would love you to meet Angela from Open Table! ♥
Beautiful Souls Doing Beautiful Things Presents:
Tell us a bit about You –The Beautiful Souls behind Open Table.
/ What was the inspiration for wanting to create Open Table?
Open Table was the brainchild of two friends, Tullia Jack and Georgia Hutchinson. Over a shared lunch back in 2013 they thought to bring a few ideas together — making something that will connect us with our neighbours and redistribute some of the absurd amount of food that is wasted every day. They rallied their friends and put their idea into action with a 6 week pilot dinner at Brunswick Neighbourhood House. The success of the pilot dinners was a strong platform for what became a monthly dinner at the same location.
I joined as a regular volunteer in Winter of 2013, beginning my journey with Open Table slicing and dicing in the kitchen. From there we grew and expanded to several different locations, all run and managed by different groups of motivated volunteers. Over the years we’ve had countless people join us on our journey, helping in a multitude of ways, some sticking around for days, months and others years.
What is your mission?
Open Table’s mission is to share free meals with the community made from surplus food in order to reduce food insecurity and food waste. This has evolved over the years as we saw the growing issues of food insecurity and social isolation within our communities.
Food wastage is such a big problem, not only in Australia, but around the world.
What are some ways that we as the individual can make a change in stopping this?
There are lots of ways individuals can have an impact, currently 1/5 of the food we buy is ending up in landfill. From improving their food storage at home, improvising with what they have in their fridge rather than purchasing more ingredients, also composting their food scraps. Change of food systems on a large scale is also important however the first step is raising individual awareness and habitual change.
“OPEN TABLE HOLDS FREE LUNCHES FOR THOSE IN NEED MADE FROM RESCUED FOOD WASTE IN DIFFERENT NEIGHBOURHOODS THROUGHOUT MELBOURNE.”
What you are doing is so awe-inspiring.
What or Who inspires you and why?
Organisations like Fareshare, OzHarvest and SecondBite are industry leaders in reducing food waste. Anyone that thinks creatively and turns what is perceived waste into a resource is an inspiration to me.
In your life what are 5 things you are Grateful for?
In my work with Open Table I would have to say the people that help us. All our wonderful volunteers, board members, local business donors, mentors, neighbourhood houses, funders and of course everyone that attends our events. Without them we wouldn’t exist.
What is a way that people or businesses can help support or get involved with Open Table?
Lots of ways. Head to our website (www.open-table.org), sign up to volunteer, subscribe to our newsletter, attend one of our free lunches, donate (all tax deductible). Of course we also take donations of food from businesses where possible.
Any advice for the other beautiful souls out there that have a positive uplifting idea or concept but may be at a loss/struggling on how to move their plans out of their heads and into reality?
Do your research, get out there and speak to people that are in a similar space, ask for advice and of course collaborate as much as possible. All not-for-profits have finite resources so where possible share and partner with others.
And finally: Please finish this sentence:
Gratitude to me is…
the glue that holds together our community!
You can find more about Open Table here:
Facebook: Open Table