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Preparing and delivering

1 million

meals per year

ommunity Chef could not

To solve the issue, the councils came

easily prepare and de-

together with the vision of creating a pur-

liver more than 1 million

pose-built, state-of-the-art food production

meals a year to its 21 local

facility that could produce quality-assured

government customer-

meals to each council for distribution. In

shareholders as well as

2009, with the support of both the state and

hospitals, residential aged care, retirement

Commonwealth governments, Community

villages and care package clients without

Chef was born. It is a leading example of

effective material requirements planning.

a shared service model.

Community Chef is a social enterprise that

In November 2010, the award-winning

come into existence as a result of the far-

Community Chef kitchen produced the first

sighted vision of 20 Victorian local councils

meals for five of the council shareholders.

(increased to 23 since commencement) that

It now prepares and delivers more than 1

wanted to find a better way of providing

million meals a year to its 21 local govern-

high-quality, nutritionally sound, appeal-

ment customer-shareholders as well as

ing meals to people requiring a Meals On

hospitals, residential aged care, retirement

Wheels service.

villages and care package clients.

Increasing food standards regulation

Recipes are developed and meals pro-

plus a constantly growing client base with

duced at a purpose-built kitchen in Altona,

diverse dietary needs were making it hard

Melbourne, by a team of dedicated chefs

for small, individual, council-run kitchens

and cooks. Their focus is the provision of

to keep up with the continually evolving

nutritious, culturally sensitive and affordable

expectations and demands.

meals that taste delicious and that meal

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