What do you do for lunch? Is it the same routine every week? Do you have the usual suspects join you each day or do you mix up who you share lunch with? Do you buy lunch or bring it mostly from home? Is eating lunch just about getting you through the afternoon or is it something more?
Our cover boy Geoff is a regular guest of the Oxfam Sydney office's weekly get together, Lunch Club! As you could see by the photo he couldn't resist our Hearty Spring Salad in favour of a Footlong - can't blame him really...
See below how Lunch Club has changed the office environment of Oxfam's Sydney office.
Myself (3things Class of Change gal) and Dickie, from Oxfam's International Youth Partnerships program decided late last year that we would start getting people together in our office through the ritual of eating. We figured that because everyone ate something for lunch, usually around the same time and we have a communal kitchen in the office that lets in incredible amounts of sun, there were too many combining elements to ignore.
So check out the full story featured in the Youth Food Movement blog about how we're living the reality of changing the small things in our lives like what, how and with whom we eat lunch with, can make a difference.
Here are 2 x 3 (6!) tips to running your own Lunch Club
1. Give people a day's notice so they don't bring their own lunch (reduce food waste!)
2. Make lunch with a co-pilot to make things easier, less intimidating for non-cooker or less confident foodies (have vegie choppers in to help if there's lots to chop)
3. If you don't have cooking facilities, get everyone to bring one thing in and share (picnic style)
4. If not many people join in at the start -persevere! They just need to get used to the event.
5. Make it healthy and use good ingredients (local, ethical, sustainable) where you can and cook with love and HAVE FUN!!!
6. Make it first in, first served - then there is no pressure to know how many people there are to cook for and the onus is on your guests to rock up on time.
So if you have lunch in your office, at uni, in the staff room or on the school oval, you can get your own Lunch Club happening that works any way you want.
If you've already got your own type of Lunch Club feel free to add a tip or tell us what yours is about.