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Thoughtful Food – Meals That Give

As the COVID-19 Corona Virus pandemic invades our lives, quarantine and social isolation are becoming very much the norm. The situation imposes many difficulties including access to food for everyday survival. Many people have been caught out with little in their cupboards, but thankfully many restaurants are offering special takeaway options and deliveries to your door! This is a great way for quarantined customers to help keep businesses stay afloat during these troubling times. But if you would like to have your dollar go a little bit further why not help out one of the following for-purpose restaurant or catering groups that support various people and groups in need.

Free to Feed Northcote. Photo via Free to Feed

Brave Meals by Free to Feed – Delivered

The not-for-profit social enterprise Free to Feed has unfortunately had to cancel their regular cooking classes because of the COVID-19 pandemic. This has left their refugee, people seeking asylum and new migrants class hosts with work uncertainty. Thankfully management has been quick to act and is currently rolling out home delivered ‘Brave Meals’ to support their workers and to feed the hungry bellies in Melbourne. Their online sample menu currently includes Sri Lankan Potato Curry, Spicy Lamb Kofte and Baklava, with a full menu to be posted shortly. Head to their Brave Meals site for all the details.

Brave Meals by Free to Feed. Photo via Free to Feed

Charcoal Lane – Takeaway

If you have previously joined us on any of our tours most likely we would have recommended Charcoal Lane as a great place to experience native Australian foods. This restaurant not only serves up delicious modern meals inspired from the bush, but it also operates as a social enterprise that provides guidance and opportunity to young Aboriginal people who are in need of a fresh start in life. If you’d like to support them and their employees during this difficult time, keep an eye on their website as they’ll soon unveil their new takeaway menu.

Charcoal Lane dish. Photo via Charcoal Lane

Social Food x Noisy Ritual – Delivered

Social Food Project has recently taken over the kitchen of the Brunswick urban winery, Noisy Ritual brining with them their strong focus on ethical, sustainable and zero waste cooking. They serve up delicious meals that support local farmers, as well as their Social Food projects that aim to connect communities, teach people about the food systems and provide practical tools for being a more sustainable food citizen. As with other businesses listed here, they have now closed up shop indefinitely due to COVID-19. But if you’d like to support them through this difficult time, they are now taking orders for home delivered meals that feed up to six people! The greatest part is, you can also include wine from Noisy Ritual! Head to the Social Food X Noisy Ritual page for all the details.

Social Food Project meal. Photo via Social Food Project

Tamil Feast – Takeaway

Operating out of the kitchen at the lovely environmental park, CERES, Tamil Feast is another social enterprise doing it tough because of COVID-19. Thankfully their delicious Sri Lankan meals will continue to be created by their Tamil asylum seeking chefs at their regular events. Added to this is a new takeaway option. For those wishing to enjoy a bit of a spice in their lives in the comfort of their own home, check out the Tamil Feast website for more details.

Tamil Feast crew. Photo via Tamil Feast

Lentil As Anything – Delivered

For over 20 years the not-for-profit vegan restaurant Lentil as Anything has been serving up wholesome meals to the community on a pay-as-you-feel basis. Like many other businesses, charities and not-for-profits they have started to feel the pinch from COVID-19. If you’d like to support them through this tough time, please head to their website to donate, order rescued food packages or prepared meals delivered to your door.

Lentil as Anything meal. Photo via Lentil as Anything Facebook

home.made by – Takeaway and Delivered is a not-for-profit social social enterprise cafe in Brunswick where 100% of proceeds goes towards alleviating youth homelessness. Every coffee or meal that you purchase from them contributes to their training programs, as well as rent subsidy schemes. If you’d like to support them through this tough period, they are now offering both pick-up and delivery services! If West African Peanut Stew or Thai Green Curry tickles your fancy, head to their Facebook page for ordering details.

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