A PACKED Lancefield Mechanics Institute played host to the launch event for the Feed it Forward project on Tuesday.

The project is a combined effort between the Lancefield and Romsey Neighbourhood Houses to bring people together one meal at a time.

More than 120 people turned up to the community harvest lunch, including representatives of all three levels of government.

Feed it Forward volunteer Alison Gamble said organisers were overwhelmed with the response.

“We are overwhelmed by the numbers of attendees supporting and the number of volunteers here today helping,” she said.

“Yesterday, we did a full day of prep to get this going and we’ve been inundated by our local community with the donations we’ve had from people’s gardens.

“The local people have been supporting us so there’s just a lot of groundswell for this initiative right now.”

The Feed It Forward project aims to take advantage of some of the extra fresh produce that’s available in the area and use it to bring people together through cooking and sharing food.

The special event came together with a lot of help from volunteers and local businesses chipping in.

Lancefield Providore donated a lot of fresh produce and Lancefield Bakery donated fresh bread, while other donations of lettuce, herbs and as many pumpkins as you could ask for came from peoples own gardens.

The project will setup at the Lancefield Farmers Market on the fourth Saturday of each month and take donated produce from local gardeners, as well as from the market’s stallholders.

On the following Wednesday, they will host a big cook-up where everyone can come together to cook and eat the meals.

The community harvest lunch will be at Romsey Neighbourhood House on Wednesday, November 28.

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