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Local jam production tackling food waste

A newly opened kitchen in the Queen Victoria Market’s Purpose Precinct, supported by Victorian state government, aims to combat food waste by creating fresh jams and chutneys from unsold produce.

Victorian minister for employment Vicki Ward visited the kitchen operated by the social enterprise Moving Feast.

The kitchen is in full swing, utilising unsold market produce to craft a variety of jams, sauces, chutneys, and preserves.

“The Moving Feast kitchen is a clever, creative and tasty operation using unsold market produce to make fresh jams, chutneys and sauces – while providing employment opportunities to those who have faced challenges,” said Ward.

The Purpose Precinct is Australia’s first dedicated social enterprise precinct, with space for more than 80 social enterprises to sell their products while creating new employment pathways and networking opportunities.

STREAT chief executive officer Rebecca Scott said, “As a collection of social enterprises committed to social justice, we’re excited the kitchen will create a host of new skills and job pathways for people who need a hand, and we can’t wait for you to come and taste the goodness we’re creating.”

Moving Feast aims to offer individuals who have encountered employment obstacles with fresh skills and employment opportunities.

Additionally, the new kitchen will extend its support to regional social enterprises, inviting them to contribute fresh produce for utilisation in the production line.

Food Next Door, a regenerative farm located in Mildura and a social enterprise dedicated to assisting refugee and migrant communities, is the first regional social enterprise to participate. They will provide their organic garlic to the kitchen.

The Purpose Precinct is funded through the Victorian Sstate Government’s nation-leading Social Enterprise Strategy 2021-25.

The Strategy is working to grow the social enterprise sector, strengthen its connectivity, unlock its potential to create more jobs, and deliver enhanced economic and social value to Victoria.

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