A Frugal Feast for Canberrans

17 November 2014

This week YWCA Canberra launches its Christmas appeal, The Frugal Feast, with a goal to raise $10,000 in funds and food for its emergency food relief service, the Food Hub in Lanyon.

But this is no ordinary fundraiser. As part of the appeal, Canberrans are encouraged to participate in a smorgasbord of fun and interesting activities, in exchange for a note donation.

Highlights of the week include:

  • A self defence workshop on Monday 17 November, 12.30 – 1.30pm, at Dark Carnival Gym, Phillip.
  • Launch of The Frugal Feast recipe book with an evening of story-sharing and sandwich making, featuring Shane Rattenbury MLA, YWCA Canberra’s Executive Director Frances Crimmins and Canberra Times Food & Wine Editor, Natasha Rudra – Tuesday 18 November, 6pm-8pm, at the ANU Food Co-op, Kingsley Street, Acton
  • Hour of Power Advocacy Seminar – Thursday 20 November, 12-1pm,  at YWCA Canberrra
  • Frugal Feast Cooking Demonstration – Friday 21 November, 12-1pm, at the Belconnen Markets
  • Poetry at Tree Eighty3 – Friday 21 November, 6-8pm, at Tree Eighty3 Cafe in Bailey’s Arcade, Civic.

In addition, work places around Canberra have been encouraged to host their own Frugal Feast morning tea or lunch.

Christmas is a time for connecting to the community, which is why YWCA Canberra wanted to create a series of low-cost fun and interesting activities for everyone to share in.

At the same time, these events will raise much-needed funds for food relief in Canberra.

The festive season can put increased pressure on vulnerable families.

YWCA Canberra’s Food Hub in Tuggeranong faces greater demand at this time of year. The Frugal Feast will give generous Canberrans a chance to provide for those in need while enjoying these community activities.

Executive Director of YWCA Canberra, Frances Crimmins said, “Unfortunately, many families in Canberra face tough choices at Christmas.

“Should they have to choose between buying presents, stocking the fridge, or paying their bills? We don’t think so!

“Our Food Hub is a pantry-like system where families can access free, healthy and nutritious food in times of need. At this time of year, we also put together Christmas hampers for our Food Hub clients.

“But, as well as raising cash and food donations for the Food Hub, we wanted to give Canberrans a way to get together and participate in activities that didn’t break the bank – it’s our way of sharing The Frugal Feast.

Entry to most events is by a note donation. There is a $10 entry fee for The Frugal Feast recipe book launch, or $25 including a copy of the book.

The Frugal Feast recipe book features festive budget recipes from prominent and every day Canberrans, such as Chief Minister Katy Gallagher, food bloggers The Merrymaker Sisters, and Irene Scott, one of our Food Hub volunteers. It can also be purchased via our website, www.ywca-canberra.org.au

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Frances Crimmins is available for interview.

Media contact: Karan Gabriel 0490 487 956

Read the full media release A FRUGAL FEAST FOR CANBERRANS.pdf.

About YWCA Canberra: YWCA Canberra is a feminist, not-for-profit community organisation that has been providing community services and representing women’s issues in the Canberra community since its establishment in 1929. YWCA Canberra employs more than 350 staff across the ACT, and delivers 30 quality programs in children’s services, community development, housing, youth services, women’s leadership, advocacy, and training. Represented in 122 countries, the YWCA has a global reach of 25 million women and girls. As part of this international movement, YWCA Canberra works for a world where reconciliation, justice, peace, health, human dignity, freedom and care for the environment are promoted and sustained through women’s leadership. For more information visit: www.ywca-canberra.org.au

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