As many of our Flemington community members finish hard lockdown and return to Stage 3 restrictions with the rest of Moonee Valley we want to celebrate some of the positive stories that came out of a really tough time.
We saw our community pull together, many residents and businesses volunteering their time, money and goods to support everyone living in the Flemington Estate.
This is the story of how Flemington restaurants fed emergency workers at the Estate.
When Abdo Sean from New Somali Kitchen in Racecourse Road saw the Estate go into hard lockdown he rang President of the Flemington Traders Association Jayson Watts.
Like many in the Moonee Valley community, he wanted to help our neighbours in the Estate.
Formulating a plan Mt Watts said they reached out to government contacts, initially offering to provide meals to our residents in the Estate.
“Long story short they had enough support with the food that was donated and it was a bit difficult for the Traders to provide that volume of food,” Mr Watts said.
“So we worked out a deal that we’re going to provide three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the service men and women while they’re doing the job there assisting those residents that are in hard lockdown.”
Rallying the troops, Crisp Pizza, Curry Cafe Canteen, Flemington Kebab House, Laksa King, Parrot House, Pepper Café, Sahra’s Kitchen, The Abyssinian Restaurant, Tiger Bakery and Wayo Japanese quickly joined New Somali Kitchen to fulfil the catering job.
At the peak, they were providing 430 meals a day.
“I was really impressed with the way the traders have worked together to provide all the required amount of meals to the emergency service men and women down at the high rises,” Mr Watts said.
Meals provided to the emergency workers
Funded by the Department of Health and Human Services traders could do their bit for the community while still getting paid for the meals, vital given the Flemington restaurants and food businesses were placed back in Stage 3 takeaway only restrictions on July 1.
Mayor of Moonee Valley Cr Samantha Byrne applauded the traders’ effort.
“It’s amazing to see our business community stepping up at a time when they’ve already got so many challenges to contend with,” Cr Byrne said.
“As a community, we can repay the generosity by throwing our support behind them, whether that’s buying a coffee from your nearest café or ordering online from one of our Moonee Valley stores.”
Keep supporting Moonee Valley traders by buying local. Check out our MV Takeaway Guide to find businesses still open for pickup and delivery.