Food Is Free Inc.: 2022 Finalist – Healthy and fair society

Last updated: 3 August 2022
woman in brown t-shirt, beige hat and sunglasses behind a table of folded shirts, books and art supplies handing orange paper to a young girl Food Is Free Inc. is a finalist for a Community Champion award in the Premier's Sustainability Awards 2022 – Healthy and fair society category.

Green Fest is a free community event run by Ballarat-based environmental organisations Food Is Free Inc. and the Ballarat Action Climate Co-op. Held in February 2022, the youth-led community festival aimed to tackle social isolation, food insecurity and environmental disengagement in the local community.

Over 200 attendees of all ages, backgrounds and abilities gained vital new skills around gardening and food growing, and hundreds of items of pre-loved clothes and books were exchanged, saving them from landfill without the exchange of money.

Meaningful and green volunteering opportunities across the community were also promoted, encouraging local action and connection.

Healthy and fair society 2022 finalists