STREAT's response to the Covid crisis
Sadly, we've had to close 5 or our 8 cafes, reduce staff numbers significantly and cut back the hours of all remaining staff. However, we're still supporting young people, albeit more remotely than usual, and the Cromwell Street, Melbourne Central and Parkville cafes are open for take-aways. We're also doing home delivery of groceries, meals, bread, coffee, etc. from Collingwood.
Unfortunately, many of Melbourne's other wonderful Social Enterprises are also struggling to survive. In addition, it is estimated an extra 250,000 emergency meals may be needed each week in Victoria - due to the Covid crisis.
The good news is a large group of Social Enterprises have already responded to these challenges. STREAT is a founding member of this collective. We're working together, making and delivering nutritious and culturally appropriate meals to thousands of vulnerable Victorians – even growing produce for those meals. This work, with some support funding, will also help save our own organisations. Post the crisis, we’ll continue to work together to recover and rejuvenate the food system and help make families more resilient through growing food at home. The campaign is called Moving Feast. Over 30,000 meals and food packages have already been made and delivered and donations to fund this work have passed $270,000.
Please visit the web site to see how you can help - Moving Feast.
Thanks so much for your on-going care and support - and stay well.
We will survive, but it's going to be tough for a while.
Life certainly is a Moving Feast!