Russell Shields

Russell Shields

ASRC Food Justice Truck Manager 

Russell’s focus is on community food security and food systems. As a founding staff member of food rescue organisation SecondBite he was part of the development from a laptop and good idea into a national organisation redistributing over five million kilograms of surplus food every year.

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

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 is a member of the City of Melbourne Homelessness Advisory Committee, StreetSmart Grants Committee, and a founding member of the Australian Food Hubs Network.

Russell has a slight obsession with lemons and chillies. Luckily his Greek neighbour has the best lemon tree in Melbourne, which he occasionally plunders.

Russell’s current day job is the Food Justice Truck Manager at the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre. The Food Justice Truck is an award-winning mobile fresh food market that sells ethically sourced fresh fruit and vegetables, grains, pulses, bread and tea to the general public, and offers a 75% discount to people seeking asylum.