The scent of freshly cooked soup and homemade flat bread filled the Ulumbarra Plaza at lunchtime on Thursday as students and staff gathered for BSSC Soupfest, raising much-needed funds for Bendigo Foodshare’s Million Meals in May.

BSSC has a strong and long-held association with Foodshare. The organisation supports student wellbeing at the college, providing food for those young people who need it most.

Hospitality and Food Studies students used their Thursday classes to make a variety of soups, including gourmet cauliflower & zucchini, Thai pumpkin, and Potato and Leek. For $3, students and staff enjoyed a bowl of soup with flat bread and supported a great cause.

Food Studies student, Liam Carroll, enjoyed his part in the day.

“I love cooking and it makes me feel good to think that my cooking is helping raise funds so others can get the food they need,” he said.

Million Meals in May needs to raise $65,000 to collect donated food that would otherwise go to waste and redistribute it to people in need.

Food studies teacher, Sue Maillard, said that contributing to projects like Foodshare made students become more aware of the needs of the broader community.

“The focus is also on waste reduction so we have biogradable cups and bamboo spoons,” she said. “We are very grateful to JL King and Fruit Shack who have supported the day.”

Soupfest will continue next week with VCAL students heading into the kitchen to cook up a storm.

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