Vision and Mission
To nourish and enrich the lives of children in developing countries.
OnePlate partners with foodies, cafes and restaurants across Australia to fund sustainable food projects in developing countries. By leveraging the power of joy through food, we can provide hope, love and support for children in the greatest need through food security. We each have the power to make an impact through our everyday actions one plate at a time.
OnePlate’s food security projects aim to educate and empower communities with the necessary knowledge and skillsets to be self-sufficient in growing and securing their own food.
We are committed to supporting food security projects that are sustainable and that provide long-term solutions. Partnerships with agricultural scientists and innovators in sustainability provide opportunities utilising the latest technology, resources and knowledge. We develop projects that provide communities with lifelong skills and education about growing their own produce and leading healthy, nutritious lives to help break the cycle of poverty. These sustainable farms not only generate food, but also jobs giving communities the opportunity to thrive for life.
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On a four week trip to Manila in 2015, our co-founder Thérèse Nichols witnessed the plight of Manila’s street children. She felt compelled to do something about it.
In Manila, over 80% of the population live in poverty. Too many children are driven from their homes by violence, abuse and neglect. They are forced to beg, join gangs or turn to prostitution. These children are quickly robbed of their childhood. Many children are addicted to drugs, not because they are involved in crime, but the drugs numb their stomachs from hunger. It was in Manila that the idea of OnePlate was born.
Thérèse returned to Melbourne, pulled together a group of friends and in 2016, OnePlate was launched. OnePlate empowers every Australian to make a difference, simply by choosing to eat at one of our partner restaurants, cafés, pubs and bars. While the idea sparked in Manila, the OnePlate tribe are thinking big – they are on a mission to help children around the world! Food is a basic human right and no child deserves to go hungry.
OnePlate is an Australian Registered Charity.
Meet the hardworking OnePlate team of volunteers.
Co-founder & Director
Inspired by Australia’s vibrant food culture and a desire to help children in great need, Thérèse began OnePlate. Thérèse brings her entrepreneurial spirit and vast array of experience working in local and international organisations to OnePlate. She is the queen of all things PR, and if she doesn’t have the answer, she’ll know someone who does! She is excited at the prospect of OnePlate’s ability to extend the dinner table to include those who are in great need.
Favourite dish: If Thérèse was a cuisine, she’d combine her special love of France and Switzerland to be, well, French Swiss!
Co-founder, Business & Marketing Director
On a trip to Manila, Joshua realised that the basics he had taken for granted — like clean water, food and shelter — weren’t available for many locals. This inequality was a driving force to do what he could in breaking the cycle of poverty for the world’s poorest people. Joshua is OnePlate’s marketing genius. His passion combined with highly developed skills in marketing and communications, graphic design, and digital and social media, means that OnePlate will not go unnoticed!
Favourite dish: Joshua loves Pizza, and fried zucchini blossoms from his garden, preferably together!
Co-founder, Finance & Operations Director
Regina has been waiting for a long time to find the right opportunity to use her skills to make the world a better place. She’s excited to find creative ways to bring sustainable enterprises to life for hungry children and families who need action now. Beginning her career in financial assurance before moving on to accounting and governance, Regina’s passion for business excellence makes her our finance guru, equipping her perfectly to oversee OnePlate’s finance and operations.
Favourite dish: If Regina was a sheep, she’d be a slow cooked one (she’s the daughter of a sheep farmer after all!)
Co-founder, Project Manager
Katarina loves the fact that she’s doing something positive with a great group of friends who share the same vision, and a deep desire to help humanity in need. She’s inspired by the chance to show others through OnePlate that they really do have the power to affect change. Katarina’s in-depth experience in sales and operations management and business partnership liaison make her the ideal point of contact for OnePlate’s rapidly growing list of café, pub, bar and restaurant partners.
Favourite dish: Katarina’s weakness is home-made pasta with venison and chanterelle mushrooms, and lamb cutlets.
Maryanne is Director at The Worthy Leader and is considered an expert on leadership and how to develop positive cultures having worked in 5 Continents with approximately 10,000 leaders and building 2 consulting firms which were market leaders. She has worked one on one and in groups with Boards, CEO’s, Supreme Court Judges, Commissioners of Police and Secretaries and Director Generals of Federal and State Government Departments. Maryanne has spoken at numerous national and international conferences and has had articles on leadership, executive teams and wise decision making published in Australia’s leading Human Resources magazine.
Tristan was caught by the contagious passion of the OnePlate team and jumped at the chance to be part of it. He found the concept behind OnePlate a refreshing change from other initiatives and noticed that the aims were grounded in the reality of the people assisted, especially children. After working for three years in media with the Queensland Parliament and freelancing with a number of other companies, Tristan spent time in America studying acting and directing. He now works as a videographer, actor and drama teacher as well as completing a Bachelor of Communication.
Favourite dish: If Tristan were a burger, the side order would be chips (not salad)!
Georgia is a lifestyle photographer with a focus on food and interiors. She shoots with a warm, natural and colourful style drawing on her experience working across the globe to bring a fresh and unique approach to her work. Georgia’s passion for creating beauty and her love for storytelling have shaped her photography practice. She now works as a freelance photographer shooting on a wide variety of editorial and advertising projects, both in Australia and internationally.
Meryl has had a close connection with food from an early age. Growing up between both France and Spain, time spent with her grandparents during the school holidays introduced her to a world of local Mediterranean produce and delicious home-cooked cuisine.
She studied media and communication and dreamed about travelling the world, making documentaries and sharing people’s stories. Owing to her rich culinary heritage, she wanted to combine her passion for art and cooking. Following a life-changing food photography workshop, she realised that food styling was the right path.