Your planet needs you!
“What we do now, and in the next few years, will profoundly affect the next few thousand years.”
- David Attenborough.
Dear STREAT supporter,
STREAT’s always been about maximising the goodness we can do for people and the planet.
Over the last decade, we’ve helped over 3100 young people who really needed a hand. This includes over 240,000 hours of individualised support services, certification programs, real life work experience and pathways to paid employment.
Thank you for walking alongside STREAT during that time.
But it’s clear now our planet urgently needs help too. We can’t continue to ignore the scientific research and overwhelming evidence that shows we’re facing catastrophic climate change.
There is no doubt that the next 10 years will be the most critical for life on Earth.
In late 2019, we declared a Climate Emergency at STREAT. Rather than feeling overwhelmed by the scale of the challenges ahead, we got busy. We’re now on renewable power, our worm farm turns our organic waste (25 tonnes pa) into compost/fertiliser for our garden, our cafes’ waste coffee grounds are also recycled into compost (10 tonnes pa) and each year we’re stopping 100,000 coffee cups going to landfill by promoting re-useables. There’s much more.
In 2020, rather than being paralysed by the pandemic, we pivoted to home deliveries and hampers, and survived.
Then we got really busy! We gathered together 20 like-minded social enterprises to tackle key issues facing young people, our communities and our planet. It’s called Moving Feast – a long-term collaborative project to build a fairer, healthier and more regenerative food system for Victoria.
Moving Feast has received start-up funding from government and philanthropic sources and is just about to start growing rapidly. This means we’ll soon be opening our first urban farms to young people, as training grounds in STREAT’s new Horticulture program – in addition to our Hospitality programs.
This will be the first of many new training and employment pathways for young people – into green jobs. From planting seeds, to harvesting produce, tending nurseries, gardening, landscaping, feeding worms farms, greening waste streams, greening other businesses and green tourism.
It’s incredibly exciting and just the first phase of Moving Feast.
Please know, each time you buy some STREAT goodness (our food, coffee, catering, hampers, cookbooks, gifts, etc.), you’re helping some amazing young people and this amazing planet return to good health.
We hope you’ll continue to walk alongside us.
Thank you again.
Bec Scott, Co-founder and CEO.