FoodFaith aims to build bridges across different faith, cultural and community groups through our shared learnings and practices of food and sustainability.
The not-for-profit organisation brings to the table the traditions and wisdoms of faiths and cultures through community gardens, media communications, events and educational programs.
FoodFaith has attracted considerable high-profile and local media interest and has been featured on ABC Radio's The Spirit of Things program, Channel Seven's Sydney Weekender program, a TEDx presentation featuring founder Judith Friedlander, and ABC television news.
The organisation runs successful programs such as "Recipes: Re-discovering our Roots", which curates peoples' recipes, traditions and stories, an Indigenous plants educational workshop for a series of schools, “Thanksgiving”, where different faith and cultural groups join in collaborative food preparation, “Culinary Tales”, a collaborative program which assists refugees with food marketing and business skills, and Neighbour Day, a collaboration with local community groups.
FoodFaith is supported by major organisations such as The National Council of Churches, Catholic Earthcare, Aboriginal Heritage Office, Uniting Earthweb, The Jewish Board of Deputies, The Hindu Council of Australia, The Buddhist Council of NSW, the Australian National Imams Council, Islamic Sciences & Research Academy Australia (ISRA), The Institute for Sustainable Futures at the University of Technology Sydney, the Community Greening outreach program from the Royal Botanic Gardens Sydney, and ARRCC [Australian Religious Response to Climate Change]. FoodFaith also has the support of the Centre for Volunteering, Kids Giving Back, K & L Gates, and Deloittes.
FoodFaith's first garden was established in Lane Cove 18 months ago and a new large garden, currently being created in Sydney's eastern suburbs, will be a platform for faith food traditions and wisdoms and foster inter-generational and interfaith connections. Schools in the area will be active participants and Indigenous learnings will also be a strong feature of the garden.
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