Chef inspires corporates to cook for homeless using rescued food

Sophie Budd with some rescued food that she uses to cook meals for the homeless. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d493881
Sophie Budd with some rescued food that she uses to cook meals for the homeless. Picture: Andrew Ritchie www.communitypix.com.au d493881

SOPHIE Budd knows first hand what difference a good meal and shelter makes for a homeless person.

The Highgate chef runs the Tranby Mystery Box Challenge where corporates cook meals using rescued food from SecondBite as part of a team building session.

The meals are delivered to residents at Uniting CareWest’s Tranby Centre.

Earlier this month, six people made 91 meals.

Community News has joined the Feed WA Appeal, a national fundraiser that uses donations to provide grants to not-for-profits that help people in your neighbourhood.

Just 50 cents can provide a meal for someone in need.

Ms Budd said spending time with residents at Tranby had taught her not to judge people.

“The assumption is that homeless people are druggies and alcoholics,” she said.

“But when I’ve actually spoken to them it’s predominantly men who have come from big jobs and have families but something’s happened and over a short amount of time they’ve found themselves homeless.

“You can’t just say ‘get a job’ because it takes a team of people like counsellors, and accommodation and job services to help these people.”

Visit https://www.tastebudds.com.au/teambuilding/ to sign up for the Tranby Mystery Box Challenge.

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