Plans to create a community and commercial kitchen on-site are underway. This will be a multi-use space for the community as well as for our intended small food business boost incubation program to help tackle barriers to employment and other food businesses who are looking for access to a commercial kitchen.
Melbourne Food Hub was awarded funding and has been working closely with Global Sisters and Free to Feed to run a bespoke program that coaches and mentors women who are experiencing barriers to employment by supporting them to launch and grow their own food business. The program is generously funded by the Inner North Community Foundation and the Bennelong Foundation. The first cohort of women saw a diverse mix cuisines from Japanese to Somalian. The second cohort began in June 2019 and has 11 participants developing a number of innovative food business ideas and products.