While we’ve been unable to host our community lunches for much of the year, Our Kitchen Social Enterprise has still been busy throughout the whole pandemic. In 2020 we distributed 7000 free meals to help some of our clients and neighbours who needed a little extra food to get by. This year we’ve continued to make hundreds of free meals by partnering with the Ballarat Soup Bus and Salvation Army to get our meals out to those who really need them.
Keeping Our Kitchen Social Enterprise open meant our learners could join our Cooking Up Jobs and Commercial Kitchen Skills classes. They’ve picked up some fantastic hospitality experience, made new friends, and learned how to whip up a tasty meal on a budget, all while supporting people who are doing it tough.
As our community starts to open up and return to a more normal environment, Our Kitchen Social Enterprise is excited to kick it up a gear! With the support of The Ian Potter Foundation, our students and volunteers are bringing our catering back!
We’re offering our delicious savoury and sweet options to jazz up your next meeting or event, just call us on 03 5329 3273 to place an order. Keep an eye out for more news about how you’ll soon be able to enjoy OKSE’s goodies at home.
Established in April 2017 with a Department of Education & Training Capacity and Innovation Fund Grant and a City of Ballarat Social Enterprise Grant, Our Kitchen Social Enterprise started as a 2 day per week, 16-week employability skills development course, called Enterprising Communities.
A catering social enterprise, it services local community members, organisations and businesses. The multicultural menu uses fresh produce, from our Our Kitchen Garden and SecondBite rescued food. There is a focus on using low sugar and fat recipes, and all products are made from scratch.
In 2018, Enterprising Communities was restructured to became Cooking up Jobs, and a 16 week Commercial Kitchen Skills course was added. During the year Our Kitchen Social Enterprise was created to encompass all our hospitality training,
A Victorian State Government Multicultural Capacity Building and Participation grant funded a new Baking and Language Skills course in 2019. In addition, 2 years funding from the RE Ross Trust will allow the Our Kitchen Social Enterprise program to run 5 days per week from January 2019.
In 2020 and 2021, during the Coronavirus pandemic Our Kitchen Social Enterprise catering and community lunches ceased. To continue providing work force development training for our participants the program was repositioned to make and distribute free meals to the community.