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Pop-up soup kitchen arrives in Docklands

08 May 2014

Pop-up soup kitchen arrives in Docklands Image

By Robert Bremner

Docklands locals were treated to a gourmet soup lunch on April 16 thanks to top Melbourne restaurants and the Feed Melbourne Appeal.

A pop up soup kitchen on the corner of Harbour Esplanade and Bourke St saw Docklands workers and residents swarming to indulge in some gourmet soup for a worthy cause.

Locals were spoilt for choice with a number of different options available, all accompanied by a roll.

Victorian food rescue charity FareShare have partnered with Leader newspapers and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to support The Feed Melbourne Appeal.

The appeal has been well supported by locals and even has the backing of music legend Bruce Springsteen who raised $30,000 towards the appeal in 2013 and donated a further $10,000 this yearfrom his production company Thrill Hill Productions.

Every year 30 restaurants donate 40 litres of soup to the cause. The restaurants included Stokehouse, Gazi, Cookie, Movida and many more.

FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho told of how the Docklands community was always on board. “We do two pop up kitchens a year and the Docklands one is always very popular. Docklands employees are always very generous.”

When asked if he had a favourite soup for the day Mr Godinho replied: “They all look delicious but my favourite is the Movida one due to my Iberian heritage.”

Mr Godinho expected the Docklands kitchen to make $5000, which equates to 10,000 meals provided for the less fortunate.

During the appeal local food charities were asked to apply for grants. They completed application forms which detailed what they did and how the grant would benefit their communities.

The largest charity kitchen currently resides in Abbotsford with 400 volunteers creating 20,000 meals to be distributed through charities.

The Feed Melbourne Appeal runs between March 17 through to April 17.

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