Samantha Scott | 16 May 2019

Three not for profit organisations teamed up to cook over 1,000 nutritious meals for Queenslanders in need at Australia’s largest charity kitchen, with the help of 50 school-aged Girl Guides and former MasterChef contestant and culinary teacher, Danielle Dixon. The event officially launched Girl Guides Queensland’s new initiative ‘Biscuits for Business’ where they are encouraging people to donate Guide biscuits to fellow Queenslanders via their partner organisations, FareShare and Drought Angels.

Founding Director of Drought Angels, Natasha Johnston, said “the initiative is a great idea that all Australians can support, enabling farming families to enjoy a treat like biscuits that they usually couldn’t afford. This clever, idea will remind them, and their own children, that we are a caring community – it’s a kind gesture and is keeping in line with the traditional values of Girl Guides. We hope that everyone will dig deep to support the campaign and Girl Guides Queensland.”

Around four million Australians experience food insecurity each year. With the Biscuits for Business campaign, FareShare, Drought Angels and Girl Guides Queensland have committed to getting biscuits into the hands of at least 10,000 struggling farming communities, people experiencing homelessness and people across our state who need a helping hand. FareShare Head Chef, James Fien said “We’re delighted that people in crisis, including thousands of children, will receive a sweet treat to enjoy with their cooked, nutritious meal.”

Danielle Dixon, former MasterChef contestant led the Guides in a MasterChef style mystery box challenge, making it an extremely fun event, whilst she taught some useful life cooking skills to the Junior Guide Leaders. Additionally, using a well-tested Guide Biscuit recipe, hundreds of protein balls were prepared to go out with the meals.

With the support of people like the Honorable Di Farmer, Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, who spoke at the event, it is clear to see that together great things can be achieved for the community. “Simply by purchasing and donating iconic Girl Guide Biscuits, you are creating a win-win situation and can proudly be a part of the movement for helping Queenslanders in need. If you choose to donate your purchased biscuits, we send them to our fantastic partners Drought Angels and FareShare to distribute amongst Queensland communities,” says Velia Nicholls, State Commissioner of Girl Guides Queensland.

It is safe to say that a great partnership has been cooked up here! 

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