He’s been a MasterChef, and soon a restaurateur, but Tasmanian-born chef Ben Milbourne’s hometown is still firmly front of mind.
Along with good mate and MasterChef 2012 winner, Andy Allen, Milbourne paid a special visit to the Burnie farm of Produce to the People to film an episode of the pair’s new food series Andy and Ben Eat Australia.
“I was extremely proud to show Andy Produce to the People during the Eat Australia series,” Milbourne said.
“The series focuses on what makes Australian food culture the best in the world and a huge component of that is organisations such as PttP who use food to bring people together.”
Milbourne has been the patron of the social enterprise emergency food relief and produce gathering and giving organisation sine May, 2015.
“I have always been extremely supportive of the concept of PttP. I take any chance I can get to showcase the best of not only our state but our humanity, to a wider audience, Milbourne said.
“Hopefully people seeing an organisation like PttP will have them think about how they can use food to support their community.”
PttP began in 2009 when social entrepreneur and founder Penelope Dodd found herself with surplus tomatoes. Since then it has grown to provide fresh produce to those in need. PttP became incorporated in 2015, and operates a two-acre farm within the grounds of Burnie High School.
“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm,” Ms Dodd said.
Produce to the People Tasmania has grown from a seed of an idea to now include Coast-wide collection of excess backyard grown fruit and veg, gathered then given to those in the community who might benefit from some home grown with love produce.
“Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”
Andy and Ben Eat Australia premiers on Wednesday February 15 at 9.30pm on SBS Food Network and Produce to the People features in episode 1.
To support Produce to the People you can set up a one off or ongoing donation here
Media Release: 11 January 2017
For Immediate Release
New Year, New Board, New Vision
Produce to the People has welcomed some new faces to their board’s executive at their AGM this week, adding considerable experience, skills and energy to the social enterprise. Former Vice President Dr Polly McGee has taken on position of President, she is joined by Ms Cat Gale-Stanton as Vice President, Ms Tanya Trost as Treasurer and Ms Jo Smith taking on the role of Secretary. Ms Amina Keygan remains in her role as Public Officer.
The new board is working closely with Founder and General Manager Ms Penelope Dodd to realise the organisations strategic vision of growing Produce to the People as a vibrant social enterprise with its own revenue stream.
“I’m thrilled to be continuing on my work with Produce to the People as President, and along with the board and General Manager, single pointedly pursuing the organisation transitioning from existing on donations and transient funding to creating our own sustainable revenue,” Said Dr McGee.
“The people of the North West community that we serve are the reason we all contribute the time and energy we do. We need to make Produce to the People a stable fixture that they can rely on.”
Founder Penelope Dodd acknowledged the work of the previous inaugural board members at the AGM, citing their willingness and faith to step up and in when the organisation became incorporated 12 months ago.
“Having a skills based board is critical for a lean organisation like Produce to the People. In the new executive we have significant local and international experience in commercialisation, funding, traditional and digital media, communications strategy, financial management, NGO’s, social enterprise, demography, nutrition and permaculture,” Ms Dodd said.
“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm. Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”
Produce to the People is a social enterprise based in Burnie on the Burnie High School Farm. It provides fresh food grown at the farm and donated by individuals and businesses free to local people with food security issues. In 2016 demand for the service grew by 76%. 41 tonnes of food was distributed to 9342 people in the Burnie area alone.
Recurring monthly donations can be made with a simple sign up here https://www.givenow.com.au/producetothepeople
To volunteer your time and expertise in the garden, to work in the food hub, or for corporate donations contact founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 or firstname.lastname@example.org