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FARESHARE IS YARRA’S COMMUNITY SERVICE OF THE YEAR

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Yarra mayor Roberto Colanzi

Yarra Mayor Roberto Colanzi with Marcus and volunteers Norma and Fiona. Photo: Bernie Phelan

FareShare has been recognised as Community Service of the Year by Yarra City Council.

The award for making an ‘outstanding contribution’ to Yarra was announced on Australia Day and collected by FareShare president David Harris on behalf of staff and volunteers.

The acknowledgement follows our biggest year ever.  We cooked a total of 1,131,231 meals, redistributed the equivalent of 602,660 more (food we don’t cook but pass straight on to other charities) and rescued 562 tonnes of food.

Our regular volunteers grew from 500 to 750 and they cooked 5000 meals EVERY DAY. All up some 8000 volunteers, including secondary school students and corporate volunteers, made a difference in our kitchen.

Our free, nutritious meals were enjoyed by people in need across the state and beyond with 30 per cent now distributed to rural and regional Victoria.

We thank all of our generous supporters, food donors and volunteers who share the award and look forward to cooking even more meals for the hungry in 2016.