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FARESHARE CHRISTMAS APPEAL HIGHLIGHTS FOOD POVERTY

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Not everyone in our liveable city is looking forward to Christmas. For those living below the poverty line it means extra anxiety around food.

Just up the road from FareShare, the Richmond Churches Food Centre hands out food parcels to around 370 people facing serious disadvantage every week. They are men, women and children who share one thing in common: poverty.

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Harry and food centre manager Tammy

Please help by donating to our Christmas Appeal to address the urgent problems of food poverty.

FareShare delivers rescued food and cooked meals to the churches’ food centre around three times a week. Last year we provided the charity with more than 86 tonnes of food including fresh fruit and vegetables, dry goods, eggs and our savoury pastries.

Over the past six years, the number of people receiving food from the centre has trebled. Tammy Glavinovic who manages the food relief program told FareShare: “We are seeing more and more people. We have got bigger and bigger.”

Some visitors, like Harry, have medical conditions and are unable to work. He lives in a boarding house for men he describes as a “last resort to living on the streets”. He visits the centre once a week and is able to sustain himself on the food provided.

“I’ve got to keep eating healthy food,” he says. “I can live on this.”

The Poverty in Australia Report 2016 revealed last month that more than 13 per cent of the Australian population now lives below the poverty line including some 731,000 children.

The Foodbank Hunger Report 2016 echoes the tragedy. It found growing numbers of people asking community food banks for help. Here in Victoria, food charities reported an average 32 per cent more food was needed to meet demand.

Crippling housing costs, cuts to benefits and some wages unable to provide an adequate living are all making food poverty worse.

Please help if you can by making a tax deductible donation to help us alleviate the scourge of food poverty on our doorstep.

MARINE WARRIORS DONATE FOOD TO FARESHARE

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Here’s a cool food rescue from another rescue organisation with a very different mission – saving marine life.

FareShare has just collected a donation of ship’s dry stores from the Steve Irwin, Sea Shepherd’s flagship 59 metre vessel, while docked in Williamstown.

The donated food including flour, quinoa, superfood bars, mustard, cooking sauces and chocolate, was designed to sustain the crew of 40 on long voyages.

As the ship prepares for its next mission, Operation Nemesis, to protect minke whales from the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean, FareShare has benefited from a stocktake and clear out.

Thanks to all aboard the Steve Irwin – and good luck defending whales on the high seas.

 

FIND YOUR FORTUNE AT THE NIGHT NOODLE MARKETS

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It’s November and as the charity partner for Good Food Month we’re back at the Night Noodle Markets at Birrarung Marr.

With as many as one million people visiting the Asian hawker-style markets over the next 18 nights, it’s a fantastic opportunity for FareShare to promote our message about food waste, food rescue and food poverty in our city.noodles1web

Around 200 FareShare volunteers will be mingling with the crowds talking about FareShare’s mission and selling fortune cookies. For each cookie sold, we can cook two meals for vulnerable people. We are also selling Thermomix raffle tickets to help feed the hungry.

The festival features food from all over Asia, including drinks and desserts. This year there is more seating and space to enjoy the atmosphere, listen to music and watch the dragon dancers. Come on down and say g’day to our passionate volunteers. We’ll be there until November 27.