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FareShare undertook our biggest ever food rescue operation last night.

All seven food rescue vans and a crew of 15 volunteers and staff headed down to the Fine Food Australia Expo – Australia’s largest food trade show – to pick up the surplus at the end of the exhibition.convoyweb

The FareShare team collected 4.2 tonnes of edible food ranging from prime Angus beef to locally-harvested seaweed.

The massive haul included more than 2 tonnes of chilled and frozen food. Large quantities of cooking oil, pasta, flour crushed tomatoes, chia seeds, milk and yoghurt were also collected.

Within hours we were incorporating the ingredients into our free, nutritious meals which are distributed to more than 400 Victorian charities. Gourmet salad greens fresh off the truck from Hussey & Co. were added to this morning’s quiche mix.

We have shared some of the food not suitable for cooking with partner charities including Father Bob Maguire Foundation, Salvation Army 614, Northpoint Centre Food Pantry and Richmond Hill Foodbank.

As well as providing nutritious meals for hundreds of Victorians in hardship, the big rescue diverted tonnes of perfectly good food from landfill. A great result all round.



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As spring gets underway, you can find out how we are growing veggies in the heart of Melbourne with guided tours, talks, workshops and tastings.

We’re opening the gates to FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford supported by RACV, KitchenGardenOpenDayFBfor a community day on October 15 between 11am and 2pm.

The event will highlight how a former waste ground has been transformed into a thriving community asset by volunteers and is now growing carrots, silver beet, turnips, leeks, parsnips and peas for our kitchen. 

Learn how to grow food in an urban environment, about edible plants suited to Melbourne, seasonal gardening and how to manage the inevitable pests.

You can follow us on Facebook for regular updates or get a bird’s eye view with this video. A full program of the Open Garden activities will be published closer to the date. 



2015/2016 AT A GLANCE

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July 2015

  • As winter bites, FareShare cooks its most meals ever in a single month.
  • Hundreds attended FareShare screening of food waste film Just Eat It.

August 2015

  • An industrial potato peeler, donated by Allens law firm, starts saving volunteers hours of labour.

September 2015

  • FareShare vice president and long-serving volunteer Sandy Dudakov awarded OAM.

October 2015

  • Father Bob Maguire describes FareShare as “the cure” for helping to feed the disenfranchised community his foundation supports.
  • FareShare starts distributing food direct to Ballarat.

November 2015

  • 150 walkers raise $137,500 for FareShare in the UpstreamChallenge.
  • FareShare is the charity partner for Good Food Month, shining a light on food rescue and hunger, and selling enough fortune cookies to cook 85,000 meals.

December 2015

  • We help people like Trevor from the Salvos put their lives back together with our Christmas appeal.

January 2016

February 2016

  • Volunteer shifts commence to grow our own vegetables.
  • FareShare volunteers help us raise enough to cook an extra 16,500 meals at Melbourne’s inaugural Lunar Markets.

March 2016

  • FareShare’s first vegetables go into the ground at our Abbotsford kitchen garden.

April 2016

  • First harvest of our own veg at FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford.
  • FareShare, Leader Community News and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation launch Feed Melbourne Appeal 2016.

May 2016

  • Children as young as 3 get on board Feed Melbourne with rice and pasta drives for FareShare.
  • FareShare celebrates our 790 regular volunteers during National Volunteer Week with this video.

June 2016

  • FareShare finishes the year with another record – a total of 1,167,436 meals cooked.
  • FareShare raises enough funds for a new warehouse and sets our sights on cooking two million meals.