Free To Feed, Fitzroy North

MELBOURNE | What a joy it was to attend the launch of Free To Feed‘s beautiful new Clifton Hill home on Thursday. Its next door to the Art Deco McDonald’s and occupies the space that used to be home to Que Club (who, by the way, are still serving up fantastic BBQ in the old Hellenic Republic Brunswick East space).

Free To Feed is a social enterprise founded in late 2015 with the purpose of assisting refugees and people seeking asylum to (a) find meaningful employment opportunities using their existing skills and experiences and (b) facilitate community interconnectivity and break the stifling sense of social isolation often faced by these new arrivals.

They do this in a number of ways. Free To Fred’s cooks in residence blend an assortment of spices which you can purchase. They also run cooking classes, host food experiences and workshops, and run events and provide catering.

How’s this for stats. Since 2016, Free To Feed have provided over 21,800 hours paid training, run over 1200 life-changing events, and distributed over $545,700 in employment wages to people seeking asylum and refugees.

When you get involved, you don’t just end up with delicious food but you also get taken on a cultural journey, and make new connections. The delicious grazing table at the event transported me back to my trip to Iran a few years ago.

Congratulations on the new space to all involved. Here’s to helping enrich the lives of so many more.

Free To Feed

205-211 Queens Parade
Fitzroy North
Victoria 3068

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Paul founded The City Lane back in 2009 as a place to share photos of his travels around Europe with friends and family. The City Lane might have changed quite a lot since those early days but one thing that’s remained constant is Paul’s passion for food, travel and culture, and a desire to photograph and write about his experiences. Paul has a strong inquisitive nature that drives him to look beneath the surface in order to discover what really makes a city and its people tick, and what better way to do this than over a good meal or drink, with a city’s locals, at places that people who live in that city actually frequent. Paul is also a co-host of The Brunswick Beer Collective, a podcast that may or may not actually be about beer.


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