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Donated Blanket Raffle

This stunning hand made blanket was donated by Dianne Fletcher and the Cotswolds Retirement Village is raffling it with he proceeds to be donated to us. Thank You Dianne!

Mary Duncombe and Libby Gahl prepare soups, with Anne Elliott (Slow Food BM), Rosa Del Ponte (Earth Recovery) and Bruce Ball (Uniting Church) - Photo: Blue Mountains Gazette

Slow Lunch with Soul

Slow Lunch With Soul – Join us on Sunday
Sunday, 24th January 2016 10am – 2pm

Junction 142 (142 Katoomba Street, Katoomba)

The Soul Kitchen is joining with Slow Food Blue Mountains to host a very special Sunday Lunch – slow Food meets Food Rescue.

It’s an incredible fact that the Food Rescue programme, run by Rosa Del Ponte of Earth Recovery Australia, saved around 20,000 kg of food from going to landfill last year, and provided healthy lunches and food parcels for hundreds of Blue Mountains residents.

Slow Food Blue Mountains is concerned about our food security, and so has joined forces with Food Rescue and the Soul Kitchen to offer a Sunday lunch made from entirely rescued food as part of their Summer Harvest festival programme.

Join us on Sunday – doors open from 10am and lunch is served from 12.30 pm.

This is a free event with donations towards the Soul Kitchen and Food Rescue gratefully received.

PHOTO: Mary Duncombe and Libby Gahl prepare soups, with Anne Elliott (Slow Food BM), Rosa Del Ponte (Earth Recovery) and Bruce Ball (Uniting Church) – Photo: Blue Mountains Gazette

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Project Wild Thing Film Screening

 

We recently screened this wonderfully inspirational and entertaining documentary which follows David Bond, the self appointed Marketing Director for Nature, who started the Project Wild Thing movement in the UK – getting kids off the couch and into nature.

Earth Recovery Australia hosted a special preview screening of the documentary Project Wild Thing before the film’s general release in Australia later this year.

All proceeds go towards cost of film and to Blue Mountains Soul Kitchen.

Project Wild Thing – Official Trailer

View and share the Facebook event.

Reviews for Project Wild Thing:

“a gripping story of the desperate struggle to lead our computer- crazed children back to nature.”
Harry Mount, The Daily Telegraph

“Like David Attenborough and Morgan Spurlock got drunk and had a baby”
Hussain Currimbhoy, Sheffield Doc / Fest

“Funny, alarming and uplifting. This film will change your life”
Patrick Barkham, The Guardian

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Beautiful Californian fruit thrown out in Oz

Californian Peaches

These delicious peaches and nectarines were grown in California USA and shipped to Australia…only to be thrown out.

We received about 50… only about 5 needed to be thrown out. The rest were firm and great eating and gave some struggling people a rare treat.

So, there you have it…American taxpayers subsidising US fruit growers to have their product binned in Australia.  In a crazy twist of economics, this sort of waste actually adds to the Gross Domestic Product of both the US and Australia. Truly bizarre.

 

RFS Donated Food

P281013_1713Earth Recovery Australia is currently working with the RFS to distribute food donated for the recent fires through its Blue Mountains Food Rescue Project. There has been an oversupply of donations.

We currently have approximately 17 pallet loads of excess food that we are distributing to members of our community who are experiencing disadvantage or homelessness. It is all non perishable with “best before” or “use by” dates ranging from 2 -12 months in the future.

We will be holding several “open days” at the RFS headquarters in Katoomba where community organisations and groups can come and collect.

Our Blue Mountains Food Rescue Project has distributed over $10,000 worth of rescued food in the form of food parcels in the last 7 months.

Contact us for more information about collection days.

Thank you Aldi

aldi-logoWe are particularly appreciative of the wonderful support provided by Aldi Katoomba.

They regularly supply significant quantities of free groceries, fresh fruit and vegetables to our Community Lunch on Sundays.

A fabulous community spirited company with great friendly staff!

Winter Magic Food Rescue

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We are proud to announce that we will be rescuing food as part of the Winter Magic Sustainability Initiative this year.

The Sustainability Team have introduced recycling for the first time at this iconic Blue Mountains festival.

For more information see our Food Rescue page.

 

I’m Shouting!

Soul Kitchen Volunteers

If you would like to shout lunch for a community member who may be homeless, financially disadvantaged and/or isolated…please donate to the Community Kitchen. The Kitchen runs a Sunday lunch in Katoomba and are desperately in need of funds…so go on, let’s do lunch…your shout!

Just a few dollars will mean that there will be someone next Sunday afternoon who won’t be hungry.

You can deposit funds to our Katoomba Bendigo Bank Account: Number 146616966, BSB: 633-000, Account Name: Earth Recovery Australia Limited. Use your phone number as the transaction reference. Thank you!

This photo of our wonderful volunteers thanks to Peter Lane.