Ensuring food security in the Ballarat community

Over the last two terms, students have been volunteering their time for Food Is Free every Tuesday afternoon. 2022 marks the second year Clarendon students have been involved in the initiative, now engaging students from years 9-12.

Food Is Free is a grass-roots, community-led, not-for-profit volunteer group available to the Ballarat community that provides food security. Over 25 Clarendon students have been assisting with a number of tasks, including disposing of perished food, emptying compost bins, maintaining the worm farm, attending to garden pots, watering and preparing for working bees and other general gardening tasks.

“I’ve been involved with the Food Is Free program for a while now, and I believe this community-based work is incredibly important given the circumstances our world is facing,” said Y10 student, Imogen Clarke. “I’ve always been passionate about climate change action, sustainability and fostering a communal appreciation for organic, accessible and healthy eating, which is essential to creating a greener future.”

The program also provides students an opportunity to build relationships within the broader Ballarat community and spend Tuesday afternoons outside.

We are so proud of our students who continue to give their time to the Ballarat community while setting great examples for our younger students. Well done to everyone involved!