Food donations | FareShare Food Charity

Food Donations

We need nutritious food

FareShare wouldn’t exist without the support of our food donors.

We accept donations of surplus food from wholesalers, farmers, supermarkets, manufacturers, importers and many other businesses. Our chefs bring this rescued food together to cook 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for Melbourne and Victorian charities.

Each year more than 100 businesses provide us with perfectly good food that would otherwise end up in landfill.  These include Fonterra (dairy), Kinross Farms (eggs), Woolworths (meat), Boscastle (pastry) and Costa Farms (fresh vegetables).

FareShare accepts food that may be:

  • Close to ‘Use By’ date
  • No more than 8 months past ‘Best Before’ date
  • With damaged packaging
  • R&D products or finished/deleted product lines
  • Sample size or bulk produce
  • Products that fall outside the manufacturers specifications
  • Over/underweight or mislabelled products

We aim to make donating as easy as possible for you.

FareShare operates a commercial cook-chill facility that was custom built to accept and safely handle large quantities of food. We have a fleet of eight refrigerated vehicles that can collect donations at short notice within a time slot that suits you.

Food items that are donated in good condition and in good faith for our work are covered by the Good Samaritan law which covers potential legal risks for donors.

FareShare also accepts donations from community food drives.

Things we always need:

  • Pastry
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Dried lentils, chickpeas
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Frozen vegetables
  • Tinned tomatoes
  • Flour

Food safety and contacts

We value the trust people place in us.  Quality control is critical, and food safety is a hallmark of FareShare’s success since we started in 2001.

We have worked closely with SAI Global, the City of Yarra and Food Safety Victoria to ensure our food handling is maintained at the highest standard.  We have updated our procedures with Process Partners – a business which advises food manufacturers on their operations.

If you have surplus food to donate to our kitchen, please contact Patrick Lanyon on 0425 112 225 or

Good Samaritan law

Read below for more information or click  HERE to download the fact sheet.

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To support businesses that wished to donate food to charities, in 2001 FareShare together with the Law Institute of Victoria lobbied the state government to provide legal protection to food businesses that wanted to help the community. In 2002 the campaign resulted in the passage of what has become known as the Good Samaritan law. This law protects food donors from legal action, where food is donated in good condition and in good faith.

The Good Samaritan law was the first of its kind in Australia and has been replicated in every state and territory since.

Freshly cracked eggs are added to a tray of pastry casings.

And here are the relevant sections of the legislation:

Wrongs and Other Acts (Public Liability Insurance Reform) 2002 – “Good Samaritan law”

Part VIB – Food Donor Protection
31F. Protection of food donors

(1) A person who donates food (the “food donor”) in the circumstances listed in sub-section (2) is not liable in any civil proceeding for any death or injury that results from the consumption of the food.

(2) The circumstances are:

(a) that the food donor donated the food,

(i) in good faith for a charitable or benevolent purpose; and

(ii) with the intention that the consumer of the food would not have to pay for the food; and

(b) that the food was safe to consume at the time it left the possession or control of the food donor; and

(c) if the food was of a nature that required it to be handled in a particular way to ensure that it remained safe to consume after it left the possession or control of the food donor, that the food donor informed the person to whom the food donor gave the food of those handling requirements; and

(d) if the food only remained safe to consume for a particular period of time after it left the possession or control of the food donor, that the food donor informed the person to whom the food donor gave the food of that time limit.

(3) For the purposes of this section, food is safe to consume if it is not unsafe food.

Food and kitchen donors

92 Degree Expresso

Advanced Catering

Australian Fine Foods

Australian Vegie Gourmet

Bakers Delight

Ben the Butcher


Birubi Foods


Brunswick Industries

Calendar Cheese

Charlies Cookies

Cheetham Salt


Coles DC

Conga Foods

Cooee Cuisine

Corona Manufacturing

Costas Farms


Country Cooked

D’Vine Ripe

Ezy Chef

Fairfax Events

Fine Food Australia

Flavour Makers


Food Factory Sales

Food FX

Foodbank Victoria


Gippsland Free Range Eggs

Glenferrie Gourmet Meats

Goodman Fielder

Green Eggs

Greg’s Eggs

Hela Spice Australia

I Love Farms

Impulse Trading

Jalna Yoghurt


JC’S Quality Foods

Kez’s Kitchen

Kinross Farm

Linfox Logistics

Little Bertha

Maria’s Pasta

Master Cut Butchers

Mazda Foundation


Melbourne Vending Co

Metropolitan Remand Centre

National Storage

NSM Food Wholesalers

Oriental Merchant

Oxford Cold Storage

Pasta Classica

Pastry Lounge

Phillipa’s Bakery

Provodore: The Fine Food Group

R Anguey Fresh


San Remo Pasta

Sea Lane Food Service

Sealed Air


Superior Food Service

Tasty Chip

Terra Madre

The Fruit Box

The Harvest Box

The Lucas Group

Tic Group

University Meats

Vincnet’s Cold Storage

Ward McKenzie


Xtracted Expresso Solutions

Donor testimonials

“At Fonterra Australia, we have a long-standing relationship with FareShare, and we’re proud to support this important cause to provide hunger relief to those in need. Dairy is a core food group, and we support FareShare via dairy food donations and our employees volunteering their time at the FareShare kitchen. The team at FareShare are passionate and enthusiastic about what they do, and we look forward to continuing this partnership into the future.”

Leigh Norrie, Bulk Cheese Maturation Technologist, Fonterra Australia Pty Ltd

“FareShare is the most generous charity in Melbourne.

“They run on a minimal budget and put in a huge effort. Everything is donated to them.

“They give away for free all of the meals they cook for charities. ”

Steve Wirtz of R Anguey (at the Melbourne Wholesale Fruit Vegetable and Flower Market)