Who is OVK?
Our Village Kitchen began from humble beginnings. Grateful to be surrounded and supported by our families and friends, we were saddened to learn how many families in our community were going through a crisis and didn’t have these networks to assist them; families that were missing out on simple traditions like celebrating weekly Shabbat meals with their loved ones.
We knew we needed to help make a difference so Our Village Kitchen was created. By engaging our network of volunteers, we make nutritious and nourishing Shabbat and weekly meals for families and individuals going through tough times and facing food insecurity, as well as people living with a disability. As part of OVK giving we also provide families in our community with pantry boxes full of essential household staples and festive ingredients to celebrate Jewish Festivals.
We connect our community and culture through our shared love of food and cooking.
Where are our meals made?
Meals are prepared in a state of the art commercial kosher kitchen, at the Ark Centre in East Hawthorn, which we are fortunate to be able to utilise. Here, in this wonderful environment, we are able to prepare food for more than 18 families each session. Meals consists of challah, entree, main meal and dessert, using quality kosher ingredients and made with love by our many volunteers.
We also run our weekly OVK school cooking program at Bialik College, where Year 8 and 9 students prepare additional Shabbat meals on a Friday afternoon for families of individuals living with a disability.
Who receives our meals?
We are fortunate to be partnered with Jewish Care. Our meals are distributed to families within the Victorian Jewish Community that are supported by Jewish Care, enabling the food to reach recipients directly. Our recipients present with a broad range of circumstances that have contributed to or impacted upon their access to food. Meals are provided to cover their immediate needs while Jewish Care helps them to put more sustainable measures in to place.
The team at Our Village Kitchen
Lisa, Galit, Jo, Romy & Emily
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Cook with us
To maximise our reach and impact making Shabbat and weekly meals for families in our community, we are reaching out for volunteers to sign up for one or more cooking shifts.
Cooking sessions run for up to 2 hours, at 9.30am on a Thursday morning or 7.00pm on a Wednesday evening.
Sessions are based at The Ark Centre, in East Hawthorn. Everyone is welcome and no cooking experience is necessary, although we do recommend volunteers are over the age of 15.
Help us make a difference to those going through tough times.
To register for a session, please click here.
How you can support us
If cooking is not your thing but you would like to support Our Village Kitchen, we would welcome a donation, which will go towards the cost of purchasing ingredients for our cooking sessions.
Sponsor a session...
Sponsoring a session in honour of special occasions such as bar/batmitzvahs, birthdays, etc. is a meaningful way to commemorate a milestone.
It costs just $20 to feed one family a 3 course meal and $360 to fund the entire cooking session and feed 18 families a beautiful meal.
Sponsor 1 family $20
Sponsor 2 families $40 etc.
Sponsor 18 families $360 (a cooking session)
Make a donation...
To make a tax deductible donation to Our Village Kitchen, please click on the following link.
We purchase our meat for our cooking sessions from Continental Kosher Butchers in Glenferrie Road, Malvern. If you shop there, please consider a small donation to our OVK account, which will go towards the cost of purchasing meat.
Sponsor a private session...
If you would like to host a private cooking session to commemorate a special event, please contact us to discuss further at firstname.lastname@example.org
Chagim Pantry boxes
As part of OVK giving, we provide families in our community with pantry boxes full of essential household staples and festive ingredients to celebrate the Jewish festivals. If you would like to help a family and donate a pantry box, please contact us.