Russell Shields


"The Community Grocer - Food for Healthy Connected Communities"









The Community Grocer is about empowering healthy connected communities and we do this by running weekly affordable fresh food markets across Melbourne.

In answer to the growing need for fresh food access and the inherent limitations on the broader food relief system, the Community Grocer model is all about dignity, choice and inclusion.

Currently running five weekly markets across Melbourne, three of which are based on public housing estates, we aim to increase intake of fruit and vegetables in a vibrant and inclusive community setting.

Russell is the Founder and Chair of The Community Grocer, a social enterprise initiative that aims to improve access for people living in public housing to fresh affordable food via a weekly fruit and vegetable market.

Russell is a member of the StreetSmart Grants Committee and was a founding member of the City of Melbourne Homelessness Advisory Committee. He is currently a Founding Member of the Social Enterprise Network of Victoria and the recently formed City of Melbourne Food Alliance.

In 2013 Russell was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study `International models of food rescue and community food initiatives that address food security for vulnerable populations’, and in 2017 was awarded a scholarship from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to attend the Social Enterprise World Forum in Christchurch.



Don't miss out – seats at the venue are limited to 120











Enjoy a night of musical indulgence and be treated to an eclectic array of songs from the world of Opera and Musical Theatre, performed by some of the most sought-after performers in the Australian Operatic Scene.

Artists are:

Michael Lapina - Tenor; Kristen Leich - Mezzo Soprano; Raphael Wong - Baritone; Eleanor Blythman - Soprano; Dean Sky-Lucas - Pianist





This fundraising event will support Rotary Central Melbourne's Silk Miller Scholarship which partly finances a police officer to undertake the Diploma of Adolescent Health at the University of Melbourne to enable them to more appropriately work with the youth in Victoria.

COST – $90.00 per person

includes substantial finger food and a drink on arrival with drinks available at bar prices during interval


7:00pm for 8pm start

Melbourne Rowing Club
8 Boathouse Drive, Melbourne, Vic 3004

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