Plate Up serves up success
Published on 16 May 2019
The Plate Up Project received $35,000 in grants after being named Sunsuper’s Dreams for a Better World Round Two winner and the People’s Choice winner at the Grand Final in 2018.
The Plate Up Project offers people fleeing domestic violence and experiencing homelessness a hand up, not a hand out, by assisting its students to gain new cooking, hospitality and employment skills.
Sunsuper's Dreams for a Better World grants helped the project expand to offer more hospitality training for women in need and help them into long-term work, with ‘Plate Up’ certified employers.
Founder, Donna Stolzenberg knows the importance of making her projects self-sustaining. Some of the grants were used to purchase equipment and ingredients to kick start a program where the trainees would bake biscotti to sell to local cafes. The income earned continues to cover the cost of future training sessions and ingredients.
Plate Up is so much more than a cooking program. It helps people, like Erin get their confidence back. It helps women back into the workforce and it seeks to engage and reconnect people through positive pathways.