Reheat beats the heat

• Cooking together: The Vincent Community Kitchen

VINCENT Community Kitchen saved 100kg of fruit, vegetables and bread destined for landfill on the weekend, creating a scrumptious feast to boot.

The Kitchen aims to share healthy affordable meals and build community spirit, while diverting food from the dump where it can contribute to global warming.

The food is donated by local shops and cafes who would otherwise throw it out at the end of the day.

Kitchen founder Theresa Youngs-Lachmund said she had been inspired by a volunteer community feast she stumbled across in London.

“There’s something about cooking together, and sharing food, that brings people together like nothing else,” Ms Youngs-Lachmund said.

“To say I was inspired is an understatement. I’m so thrilled to be bringing this idea back to the City of Vincent.”

Held at North Perth town hall, the event is supported by the not-for-profit Befriend, Transition Town Vincent and a raft of local shops like Della Fresh, Tedesco Growers and Hawthorn Fresh, who donate food.

Kitchen crew member Jessica Kennedy said they were blown away by how enthusiastically local business embraced the project.

“The team at Dejaxo bakery in Mount Hawthorn gave us bread, but they also said how much they would have loved to have come and joined us for the event, if only they weren’t at work themselves.”

The next community fest is Sunday January 13 with the location to be determined, so keep an eye on http://www.facebook.com/vincentcommunitykitchen or email vincentcommunitykitchen@gmail.com.

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