“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”
- Hellen Keller, American author and social activist.
We’ve long been passionate advocates for social justice and the rich benefits of fostering strong community spirit. But in the difficult months since the Covid-19 pandemic began, the need for communities across the world to pull together has been greater than ever.
Our team has been actively looking for ways to play our part. We were delighted to reach out to support a recent initiative called ‘Free Food Fridays’ in partnership with Rachel Jelley, the wonderfully-talented owner of Hearth & Soul restaurant in Newtown (as well as her equally wonderful website, hearthandsoul.com.au).
For 13 consecutive weeks from May to July, Rachel offered free meals to Sydneysiders who have lost work or income due to the ongoing pandemic. For two hours every Friday afternoon, her kitchen provided takeaway food to affected locals who had pre-registered through her restaurant's website. We were only too happy to help out, donating a rich array of fresh sprouts and microgreens each week.
At the end of the 13-week period, Rachel posted a lovely note (below) to her many Hearth & Soul followers, thanking Sydney Sprouts and another great supporter, Justine who enlisted the help of Harris Farm. It was a touching gesture and really did fill us all with pride, knowing we’d been able to be part of something much, much bigger than just ourselves, and bring a moment of solidarity and happiness to fellow Australians doing it tough in 2020.
We’re sure it won’t be the last time we get involved with Rachel and her fabulous team at Hearth & Soul. Be sure to follow them on social media and, if you’re visiting the inner west of Sydney, swing by King Street in Newton to say ‘hello.’ Socially-distanced, of course ;)