Two long colourful tables scattered with delicious food at our Ofkin X Free to Feed Give Thanks Dinner

Our Projects

Bright, chic dining rooms set for 80 people for the Ofkin X Free to Feed Give Thanks Dinner.

Ofkin x Free to Feed Give Thanks Dinner

We collaborated with Ofkin to design and deliver an immersive give thanks dinner at Studio Local. The dinner showcased the beautiful food and personal stories of two Free to Feed chefs. The event. kicked off with a grazing table and presentations upstairs and culminated in a sit-down family-style shared feast and Persian barbecue.

Yellow spread of Potluck Cookzine brochures and magazines with a page opened to a Sri Lankan recipe.

Potluck Cookzine

Potluck is a ‘cookzine’ – a small, diverse collection of recipes and stories brought to Australia by people seeking asylum. The zine features beautiful illustrations by Melbourne-based illustrators Alice Oehr, Carla McRae, Ellen Porteus, Evie Cahir, Oslo Davis and Spencer Harrison. The Potluck Cookzine was created in collaboration with renowned design agency Hungry Workshop and wordsmith Isabel Johnson of Ed Supreme.

Volunteer wearing a grey Free to Feed apron holding a selection of our aromatic herbs and spices available for purchase.

Our Pantry

The Free to Feed pantry smells incredible, thanks to the delicious array of aromatic herbs and spices. In 2017 we launched our own brand of authentic spice mixes, available for purchase, that are used in their instructors’ family recipes. Our Pantry project creates flexible employment opportunities for refugee women!

Group photo of our Now to Launch Members in front of the colourful backdrop

The Now to Launch Project

The Now to Launch project aims to nurture the entrepreneurialism and professional development of people seeking asylum, refugees and new migrants, who face significant challenges in gaining employment and starting businesses, despite harbouring incredibly enterprising attitudes and skills. The key pillars of the Now to Launch project are; coaching and mentoring; professional development workshops and prototyping! The Now to Launch project is administered with the backing of the Victorian State Government through a LaunchVic grant and generous philanthropic contributions

Selection of cakes and donuts before white tiles.

Annual Good Friday! Good BAKE SALE!

For the last 3 years, Free to Feed has hosted epic annual Bake Sale fundraisers, where Melbourne’s most prized foodies and esteemed bakeries rise dough for a mighty cause! Each year people have travelled from all over the city in order to be first in line to sample treats by the likes of Beatrix, Short Round, Penny for Pound, Baker D Chirico, Cherry Cakes, Sticky Fingers, Tivoli Road, Rustica, Fig and Salt, Loafer, Hunted and Gathered, Northcote Bakeshop, Julia Ostro, Mile End Bagel, Coffee Supreme and more!!

We are a registered charity and 100% of money raised at our Bake Sales fund our training program!

Bright and tropical grazing table in Highpoint Shopping Centre

Free to Feed x Highpoint, Flavours of the West

We are passionate about curating incredibly rich food experiences. In 2017 and again in 2018, Free to Feed created a bespoke tasting event and ran a series of culinary workshops in partnership with Highpoint to celebrate the Flavours of the West. The events were designed to showcase and celebrate the diversity of Melbourne’s Western suburbs.

People having conversation over a beautiful meal at our Free to Feed X The Wandering Chef Dinner

Free to Feed x The Wandering Chef dinner collaborations

Rnowned chef Laura Neville, The Wandering Chef, teamed up with Free to Feed to run two very special dinner collaborations. Laura worked closely with Niro and Charu to reimagine traditional Sri Lankan recipes from their family kitchens. The first dinner collaboration was held at Firecracker in 2016 and the second at Free to Feed in Thornbury in 2017. The dinners were authentic yet refined and extremely heart (and belly) warming!

Julia Ostro, Hamed Allahyari and our CEO Loretta having coffee

Free to Feed x Julia Ostro collaboration

For a few months in 2017 we collaborated with the inimitable Julia Ostro. Free to Feed’s Cook in Residence, Hamed Allahyari was selected to work with Julia to develop his Persian dishes and put a twist on some of the classics. Not only were the recipes featured on The Design Files Tasty Tuesday. The collaboration culminated in a intimate Culinary Workshop, taught by both Julia and Hamed at Firecracker HQ.