The Frozen Meals Program was created to address some of the challenges faced by Community who might need support around food, other than just a grocery parcel.
Whilst Community can always access groceries through our Community Support worker, or buy groceries at a reduced price through the Gulganii Community Pantry we at MDNC, identified that not all people seeking support have facilities to cook or even refrigerate food.
We began freezing food that was left over from our More Than a Meal community lunch. These meals quickly became a valuable resource in Community Support. For the first two years we were also providing these meals to our Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres, Some schools, and church groups. The amount of work was unsustainable, and we have since pulled it back to just keep our freezers stocked, for local recipients.
The meals are available to anyone in the Community who needs assistance. This can range from people experiencing homelessness, food insecurity, families in crisis to older Community members or people recovering from an illness, who are in need of a few hoe cooked, nutritious meals that are considered, and made with a whole lot of love. During the period January 2021 to June 2021 we have distributed 2,226 Frozen Meals.
We create a mindful mix of vegetarian, gluten free, meat based and vegan kosher meals to try to cover as many dietary needs as possible, and also to offer dignity of choice.
The frozen meals are free of charge and 90% sourced from our Far North Coast Food Recovery, a Consortium (CONC) initiative, via Second Bile… Coles National Food Rescue initiative.
Food is recovered five days a week with one of our two refrigerated vans, between Mullumbimby and North Tweed Coles outlets. We have a team of ten drivers, and ten food sorters who are ready at the MDNC Hub when the food arrives back from collection.
Local Food Donors
St Martens Anglican Church
Richard Kowalski – Mullumbimby Industrial Estate
Uncle Tom’s Pies
Farmer Joes Muesli
Byron Bay Chilli Company
Almond Road Bread