Our dream to take 17 years’ experience of cooking rescued food in Victoria to Queensland is fast becoming a reality. Take a virtual walk through our new 1500 m² premises in Morningside, Brisbane where work is underway to convert a former serum laboratory into a high-volume kitchen.
Your journey starts at reception where all the activity in the adjacent warehouse to be supplied by Foodbank Qld will be in full view on your left. Follow the corridor past the volunteer lockers and into a huge multi-purpose space facing the kitchens. This area will be available for hire by businesses and for hosting food events.
Continue to the pièce de résistance – the kitchens! A prominent counter will demonstrate our social impact by displaying the number of meals cooked. Walk in past two rows of sinks, the first for hand washing and opposite our veggie cleaning facilities.
In contrast to our Abbotsford layout, the kitchen on the right will be operated by our regular volunteers with businesses assisting in the smaller kitchen to the left of your view. Once fully kitted out, the kitchens will boast some industrial-scale equipment to assist with food preparation and cooking on an enormous scale – we’re aiming for 5 million meals a year by 2023.
The overhead view shows the shared freezers and cool room, laundry, toilets and storage space. It is envisaged that most of the building will comprise insulated, cool room panelling to help manage local climate conditions.
Welcome to FareShare Brisbane!
Meet David, a retired doctor, who picked up the FareShare kitchen utensils after putting down his medical kit.
David enjoyed a successful practice and career as an obstetrician and gynaecologist until he retired in 2006. He says he felt privileged and trusted in his specialist role but in the end the hours and stress took their toll and he opted for early retirement.
David with fellow volunteers Lilian and Eng
Born and bred in London, he commenced his medical studies there. An early experience on an obstetrics ward where he was thrown into the heady mix of excited, expectant mothers and newborn babies, proved a thrilling experience and he decided it would be his life’s work.
David married an Aussie lass and they moved to Melbourne in 1972 to complete his specialist training. He began practising in city hospitals around Melbourne including The Mercy and St Vincent’s Private. David worked for 20 years as an obstetrician and then specialised for 10 in gynaecology.
He heard about FareShare through his neighbour Jan, a Tuesday afternoon kitchen volunteer. Not surprisingly he loves the company of women – in fact he prefers it to the company of men! It follows that David feels right at home in the female-dominated Wednesday afternoon kitchen crew where he has been ensconced since he joined FareShare nearly two years ago.
When David first retired he took up golf, playing 2-3 times a week, getting his handicap down to a low of 4 but “it drove him nuts” and he gave it up. His newest hobby is photography which he combines with his other interests – family, including 3 grandchildren, dog walking and some travel.
Most of his ex-medical colleagues are still on the wards. Judging from his smile, David is a very happy man to be out of the paid workforce and continuing to contribute to the community.