Ever wonder what happens to FareShare’s food waste – the scraps we can’t use such as vegetable peelings, eggshells and bones?
Rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted comes with an important responsibility not to waste food ourselves.
That’s where our unlikely relationship with hippos, pugs and pigs begins. Twice a week we send our food scraps to Melbourne Zoo which has a sophisticated composting system.
The zoo collects ‘zoo poo’ from animals like these pygmy hippos, together with green waste and food waste. It then loads it into in a futuristic contraption called Hot Rot.
The machine aerates the unusual mix of ingredients for 14 days by which time it has formed into garden-ready compost. It is then bagged up and packaged as Zoo Gro where it is sold in Melbourne nurseries.
One day, we may even use it to grow our own vegetables in FareShare Kitchen Gardens.
We also send green waste to Collingwood Children’s Farm where the choice bits are fed to pigs and the remainder composted.
Finally, we share some of our meat scraps and bones, and other products that we can’t cook with, with animal rescue charities such as Pug Rescue and Adoption and Koolie Rescue.
Sharing a good meal is one of the great pleasures of life.
Father Bob Maguire calls it meet, greet and eat. Psychologists recognise it as a vital social function.
Yet for many, meals are lonely affairs and none more so than at Christmas.
That’s why FareShare needs donations to our Christmas appeal to help us connect more people over a meal at this important time.
FareShare helps the Father Bob Maguire Foundation feed 600 people a week. People in need of company as well as a square meal.
People like Anna, who had an excellent job until she suffered a stroke. She is now grateful to receive help with meals. “It has got an incredible impact on your mental health because you don’t have to worry you have nothing to eat,” said Anna. Continue reading
FareShare has a host of treats in store as the charity partner for Good Food Month this November.
Come and find us at the Night Noodle Markets in Birrarung Marr from November 12 to 29. Our volunteers will be out in force selling fortune cookies to round off a feast of delicacies from more than 50 food stalls. You can also grab a raffle ticket for your chance to win a Thermomix worth more than $2,000 with all proceeds to FareShare.
We still have a few places for single men for our Recipe for Love kitchen shifts on November 12 and 26. If you’re a bloke passionate about food and interested in meeting like-minded women, don’t miss out. Click here for details and bookings.
For those with a sweet tooth, check out Sweetfest at the Meat Market, 5 Blackwood St, North Melbourne on November 28 and 29. We’re partnering with Little Bertha to sell a delectable array of sweet treats in aid of FareShare. Details at Sweetfest.
Tickets for “Rescued” – two nights of the best rescued food brought to you by Hotel Lincoln and FareShare are now sold out.
Enjoy a wonderful festival!