(Includes a food review of Zambrero)
Today Arthur and I headed over to the University of Melbourne to take part in the Stop Hunger Now food packing event hosted by Zambrero. Zambrero’s mission for World Food Day today was to pack 350,000 meals for people in need. The food packing events took place in Melbourne, Brisbane, Canberra, Adelaide, Perth, Wagga Wagga and Townsville, with all the packaged meals to be distributed locally via Foodbank and internationally via International Care Ministries. With the challenge set, Arthur and I registered and showed up for our two hour shift!
The event was really well organised and I was relieved to have things well explained but also have the handy information sheets at my stations. We began with watching a video of what we had to do then chose stations, which we were later able to swap. The filling stations involved four people with a sachet of vitamins being placed in a bag, holding the open bag under the yellow funnel shown in the photos, then filling with measured amounts of dehydrated soy, lentils and rice.
A runner would take the filled bags to the weighing stations. We had to ensure each bag weighed between 389g and 394g. As the rice was the last ingredient placed in the bags, we were able to add or take out rice to meet the required weight. Once we all began to pick up the pace, the tables got a little messy!
When a bag was the correct weight, it was given to the sealing station for the bag to be completely sealed. From there, the sealed bags were packed in to boxes.
It was loads of fun and I enjoyed watching others who, like me, started off slowly trying to get it right and then boom, suddenly you’re going top speed! Every time a milestone was reached, someone would get to bang the gong. Arthur was quite pleased to have a turn. We got to try all of the different tasks and his favourite was the packing. Mine was the weighing. At the end we got to sign the Stop Hunger Now poster. This poster was actually used to count the bags of food. Each square had to contain two bags before being placed in to the cardboard boxes (only thirty six bags could go in the boxes). Here are some more images of the event, there were more boxes than this packed!
We were all given a Zambrero voucher for a burrito or bowl. I love Zambrero burritos– they’re just stuffed so much that I can’t work out how the staff manage to fold them neatly! Zambrero aren’t a vegan business but their vegan options are great. I’ve had vegan burritos from other places that are really mehhhh and lacking. Not so with Zambrero. They’re very generous with the guacamole too and you can double up on the rice and beans. Next time I’m going to try the new IQ range which includes black rice with spirulina and amaranth, guacamole and pepitas and black beans salsa. All my favourites! The IQ range has been designed to provide eight key vitamins and minerals to support cognitive functions like memory, concentration and learning. I always appreciate a considerate, well thought out healthy menu and this is another reason why I like Zambrero.
I’m also a Zambrero customer because of their Plate 4 Plate initiative. For every burrito or bowl sold, Zambrero donate a meal to people in need. According to the ticker on the Zambrero website, nearly seven million meals have been donated so far. Check out my burrito and the Melbourne Uni outlet:
Today’s event made me determined to be far more diligent when it comes to preventing food wastage. I try to be mindful but often end up going to use some fresh produce and finding it has gone bad and has to be binned. According to Foodbank, Australians spend 7.8 BILLION dollars on food a year that is thrown away!
Zambrero have numerous outlets around Melbourne and Australia. I’ve been to Melbourne Uni, Brunswick, Geelong West and Darlinghurst (Sydney) and always have good customer service.
Arthur and I really enjoyed ourselves today and will definitely sign up for future activities. The event today was family friendly which I think is fantastic!