Eat Simply and Eat Together: Cultivating Community through Shared Meals

My chat tonight on ABC Queensland Radio was all about sharing meals with neighbours. This is the recording from my weekly Simple Living segment with host Trevor Jackson.

The simple act of sharing meals together with neighbours is beneficial in so many ways. Here's just a small selection:

However, twenty-five percent of Australians live alone and many families share only a couple of meals a week. Sharing meals still happens, but not as much as it could, or needs to. There is a lot of loneliness, isolation depression and disconnection in our communities.

Why not invite people in your neighbourhood to share a meal?

Combine activities:

Once people start coming together and knowing one another, all kinds of positive ripple effects can happen. There's lots of examples of this I have experienced that I share during the segment.

Preparing our own shared meals from scratch means we can use local and seasonal produce, learn new recipes from each other, share seeds and plant cuttings, sometimes even swap garden labour.

Sharing meals is a traditional way of eating and it makes so much sense. I understand that people have busy lives and finding time for this is a challenge, but consciously making the effort to make the time will bring many rewards.

We have weekly shared meals here at Crystal Waters and up to 80 residents get together to eat, play, talk, share, dance, play music, sit around a fire ... We also get together for birthday milestones and other significant life events.

I hope you enjoy listening to this podcast and feel free to share it.

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