Home Cooked, in support of OzHarvest’s #HereForHope, launches direct to Aussie kitchens.
Following an estimated 200% increase in people experiencing food insecurity and unemployment predicted to hit 11% by June, Australia’s favourite celebrity chefs, foodies and food brands have come together to launch Home Cooked, a campaign to help fight the unprecedented hunger crisis gripping our nation.
Home Cooked unites some of Australia’s favourite culinary figures; Silvia Colloca, Jason Roberts, Diana Chan, Tom Walton, nutrition director Louise Keats, Alex Adams, and Dion Woo.
Local Australian food producers supporting the campaign include Perfection Fresh, Three Threes Condiments, Devondale, D’Orsogna. More supporting brands and chefs are expected to be announced soon.
Served up throughout May and June 2020, the Home Cooked campaign will see the nation’s favourite celebrity foodies share mouth-watering, home-cooked recipes and instructional videos to Aussies across the country.
Supporting OzHarvest’s #HereForHope fundraising initiative, the Home Cooked campaign is a response to an overwhelming increase in demand for food relief, with the coronavirus crisis, following the devastating bushfire season, putting even more pressure on Aussie homes.
OzHarvest head of impact Ashley Killeen says that there had been noticeable change in the numbers and types of people seeking help, at a time when resources are already limited.
“We’ve estimated a 200% spike in demand for food relief at our frontline sites and charities, with many new faces such as international students, temporary visa holders, young families, and hospitality workers coming forward for assistance,” Killeen says.
“We continue to run our pay-as-you-can, rescued food supermarket, and are currently in the process of trialling pop-up hamper services to support international students with food hampers and cooked meals. We are so appreciative of the Home Cooked support, with every dollar donated allowing us to deliver two meals to people in need.”
Chef Jason Roberts says that the Home Cooked campaign was a creative and practical way to help Aussies reengage with the community, following a strict and potentially lonely lockdown for many.
“The Home Cooked campaign is a great way for everyday Aussies to share in the experience of making restaurant-quality food at home," Roberts says.
"As COVID-19 restrictions ease, it’s also an important opportunity to reconnect with friends and family over a shared meal, especially those who may be experiencing their own challenges throughout this tough time.”
The Home Cooked campaign has been brought together by MGI Entertainment, after recognising an opportunity to engage Australians at home with practical entertainment, with purpose.
“At a time when people are interested in health and nutrition and glued to their screens, this is an excellent opportunity to indulge in kitchen therapy while nourishing our nation,” MGI Entertainment's Nic Hallberg says.
Helping those going hungry while helping those in the kitchen, the campaign’s hyper-relevant video content is expected to be viewed by two million people through the celebrities’ social media accounts.