This week saw Casserole Club, our community meal sharing project, celebrate its one month birthday in Australia.
There’s no big birthday celebration planned, but the occasion did provide the perfect opportunity to look back at what’s happened since we took the magic of Casserole in the UK and made it happen in down under.
Despite some concerns about how “Casserole” would translate to an Australian audience (“Tucker Club, anyone?”), not surprisingly the love for Casserole out here is every bit as great as it is over in the UK.
Here’s what people have had to say about Casserole Club:
“The program is a great way to encourage more people to eat fresh and delicious meals and it also helps to tackle social isolation — strengthening community connections with every bite.” — East Ward Councillor Graham Hackett.
“I am a stay at home Mum. Apart from looking after my adorable 18 month old son, two of my favourite things are reading and cooking. I don’t have time/money nowadays to do things like give blood or regular volunteering, but I do love cooking hearty stews and soups, so was very interested to read about the casserole club as a way to help out in the community.” — New Casserole Club Cook
Here’s a rundown of the numbers, one month in:
- Diners – 8
- Cooks – 40
- Mealshares – 2
As you know we’re live in 3 council areas at the moment – Canterbury and Surrey Hills – City of Boroondara, Brunswick in Moreland City Council, and in the town of Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges Shire – but we have already had people from 7 other areas registering as cooks, plus an enquiry from an interstate organisation.
It might not seem much, but it takes a lot of effort just to get the scheme up and running, making sure the right safety checks are in place and that we can recruit the right volunteers for the project. And there will be a heap more pair-ups and meal shares soon.
Facebook is starting to fill up with some nice posts from cooks with their meals and veggie gardens. Take a look and give us a like at facebook.com/casseroleclubau
We’re also getting some nice local media coverage – here’s a summary:
- Macedon Ranges Leader: Lancefield casserole project connects food lovers with neighbours in need
- Boroondara Bulletin: Join the Casserole Club today
- Seniors on line Home cooked food for neighbours, by neighbours
So that’s a brief happy first month update. Thanks again for all the great support from everyone that made it happen. We can’t wait to see the community grow and grow!
Live in Australia and want to get involved with Casserole Club? Head to casseroleclub.com.au and sign up now!