How We Got Started
An initiative of Devonport Chaplaincy, partnering with SecondBite Tasmania, Loaves & Fishes Tasmania was established in 2017 to address the gap in the emergency food relief sector in Tasmania. This gap is the lack of access to ready-to-eat, nutritious meals for our community’s most vulnerable. These two partnering organisations recognised the need for a community solution to a community problem & started working together with other organisations in the local area to tailor a sustainable solution that works for Tasmania. Combining education, training, mentoring & food production, Loaves & Fishes Tasmania is a unique approach to addressing the issues of food insecurity in Tasmania.
Our unique approach
Loaves & Fishes Tasmania has a unique approach to how it engages & improves our community for the better, addressing unemployment & insecurity across Tasmania through our three key areas:
Our partnership with Devonport Chaplaincy & SecondBite allows us to access local fresh food & turn it into nutritious, ready-to-eat meals which agencies can gain access to free of charge so that they can assist their most vulnerable clients.
The provision of this resource to agencies will free them to focus on providing pastoral support to those in crisis & to begin the journey of equipping & skilling for the future.
We staff our kitchens with a combination of residents from the youth homeless facility & other long-term unemployed youth programs, as well as local business, community members & leaders who are looking to make an impact in a young person’s life.
Our goal is to make it possible for those at-risk & disengaged in society to give back to the community & become better equipped for employment.
Local Tasmanian Produce
We have a range of Tasmanian boutique sauces, jams & chutneys for sale both online & in specialist outlets, Loaves & Fishes Tasmania will ensure ongoing financial sustainability as well as giving back to the two partnering organisations, allowing them to continue with their core focus.
Through the sale of our boutique products, all community members will have the opportunity to support Loaves & Fishes Tasmania simply through the purchase of our premium quality products & gain a more informed understanding of those socially excluded & at risk in the community.