FareShare is expanding to Queensland to dramatically increase the number of free ready-to-eat meals available for Australians in need.
As Australia’s biggest charity kitchen, we have signed an agreement with Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, to reduce food waste and fight hunger in Queensland.
Kellie contemplates the possibilities of creating nutritious meals in the Sunshine State where Foodbank rescues 40 tonnes of food a day
Using our experience garnered over 16 years in Melbourne, FareShare will establish a $4.5 million custom-built, production kitchen in Brisbane with the capacity to cook FIVE MILLION meals a year. Click here to take a virtual tour of the new kitchen.
Led by FareShare’s general manager Kellie Watson, the new high-volume kitchen aims to cook at least one million meals in its first year for Queenslanders in crisis.
The collaboration plays to both partners’ strengths, tackling food insecurity and Australia’s $20 billion food waste problem head on.
FareShare will focus on what we do best – adding value to rescued food by cooking it into free, nutritious meals. Foodbank will collaborate with the food industry and source ingredients through its existing network. It will then distribute the FareShare meals through the 300 charities it supports in Queensland.
The second kitchen will open in 2018, creating 5,000 wholesome meals a day including casseroles, curries and stir fries. The meals are designed to be easily reheated with no need for full cooking facilities, making them ideal for highly vulnerable people.
Once established, the new production kitchen will have the capacity to supply additional cooked meals to New South Wales and the ACT. Continue reading
Big things are happening underground at FareShare Kitchen Garden, Abbotsford and we’ll be opening our gates to the community on Saturday, October 14 for an insight into urban food production.
FareShare volunteers harvest carrots grown on a former waste ground at Victoria Park
Come and explore the garden and learn how FareShare is utilising small plots of urban land to grow vegetables for our nutritious meals.
Hear from gardening experts and volunteers on everything you need to know about growing food in Melbourne. Topics include edible plants, urban agriculture, bee keeping, worm farming, composting and spring gardening.
Pippa French of 3000 Acres who helped us secure the former waste ground as a kitchen garden, and Chris Williams, from the University of Melbourne’s Burnley horticultural campus, are among the guest speakers.
There will be guided tours, activities for kids and seedlings available by gold coin donation.
Gates open on Lulie St (between Victoria Park station and Victoria Park oval) from 10am to 1pm.
FareShare is appealing for lentils to add protein to our nutritious meals for people in crisis.
We are short of protein and need five tonnes of lentils to enrich our veggie dishes and make our meat dishes go further.
Production manager Chris Mitchison said lentils are a fantastic and versatile food but not easily accessible through normal food rescue channels.
Chris Mitchison appeals for lentils
“At FareShare we aim to make every meal count knowing it may be the only meal of the day for someone in need,” said Chris.
“We need lentils to add to our vegetables to make dahls and soups. We also use lentils to stretch our curries and casseroles and to give our veggie rolls a protein boost.
“Five tonnes of dried lentils would be a fantastic help to our kitchen. It would enable us to keep producing free, nutritious meals for hundreds of charities including homeless shelters, soup vans and refuges for women fleeing domestic violence.
“Whether a school, business, community group or bunch of friends, you can run a lentil drive to help FareShare source a priority ingredient to tide us over. We also welcome lentil donations from food businesses.”
Lentils have been a valuable source of nutrition for humans for millennia. They contain numerous essential nutrients including folate, iron, thiamin and vitamin B₆, and are high in dietary fibre and protein.
If you’d like to take part in a lentil food drive for FareShare, please email FareShare logistics manager Patrick Lanyon firstname.lastname@example.org Our food rescue vans will collect 100 kg or more of lentils from the Melbourne area.