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Information on running food drives for FareShare

WANTED: LENTILS FOR THE FARESHARE KITCHEN

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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  patrick.lanyon@fareshare.net.au Our food rescue vans will collect 100 kg or more of lentils from the Melbourne area.

Support our chefs with a food drive

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We always need ingredients for our nutritious meals and here’s how you can help!

Whether a school, business, community group or bunch of friends, you can run a food drive to help us source priority ingredients which are hard to acquire through rescue channels.

A Hobbit Yule party was the inspiration behind this food drive.

Our chefs love rice and pasta to accompany our casseroles, curries and tagines. These are universally popular foods which help make a great meal go a little bit further for someone in need. Dried short-form pasta such as penne is ideal.

We also need dried chickpeas and lentils to add to our nutritious ready-to-eat meals while flour is an essential ingredient for making pastry.

Cans are fantastic and building a can castle can be a fun challenge for a food drive. We make great use of tinned tomatoes and legumes.

Please note fresh meat, vegetables, eggs and bread are not suitable for food drives.

If you’d like to take part in a food drive for FareShare, please email Patrick Lanyon (patrick.lanyon@fareshare.net.au). Our rescue vans will collect 100 kg of priority ingredients from the Melbourne area.