WITH the ever-growing food truck culture on the streets of Melbourne, there’s a new kid on the block that’s turned to crowdfunding, with part of its proceeds to go to the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard.

Aviva & Co hope to “start some good” by passing on the love through traditional Jewish Eastern European food as street food, with one hero dish – Jewish Penicillin (or a chicken soup) – known for its healing powers.

“The healing doesn’t stop at those who buy and eat my Jewish Penicillin, I’m taking it beyond that,” said Aviva Minc, the founder and cook behind the food truck.

“You will feel good physically and emotionally when you eat it, and will also be helping make a difference to another person’s life with the donation I’ll be passing forward to a charity close to my heart.”

As a starting point, Minc said she planned to donate a percentage of her profit from her Jewish Penicillin to the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard.

Click here for details on Avice & Co’s crowdfunding campaign and to donate

“The motivation behind this project is my own experiences with violence, extreme bullying and suicide, and coming out as a gay woman in the Jewish community,” Minc said.

“Statistically, seven lives are lost in one day in Australia as a result of suicide and the statistics for suicide within the LGBTIQ youth are even more alarming: 30-40 per cent have attempted suicide and are four times more likely to do so than their heterosexual peers.

“And one in three LGBTIQ people experience domestic violence or family violence, something that many people don’t even realise is happening in my community.”

Minc’s crowdfunding campaign has a goal of $115,090, and there’s 11 days remaining to make a donation.

She also said she would be donating any surplus food to Oz Harvest to help lessen food waste and feed the homeless in Melbourne.

(Main photo credit: Maya Sugiharto)

Click here for details on Avice & Co’s crowdfunding campaign and to donate

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