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A community effort led by the Father Bob Maguire Foundation and FareShare ensured some of Melbourne’s most disadvantaged people got their fair share this Christmas.

Father Bob’s traditional Christmas lunch was threatened after previous catering arrangements fell through. FareShare stepped in to cook the feast with all the trimmings at Collingwood Town Hall on Friday 23 December.

More than 300 guests, including dozens of children, sat down to a sumptuous Christmas lunch prepared from food donated by Woolworths and served by volunteers.

Ty, 7, and mum Belinda, join Father Bob for Christmas lunch

Ty, 7, and mum Belinda, join Father Bob for Christmas lunch

The menu comprised roasted lemon & oregano chicken, ham off the bone and roast vegetables, followed by sticky date pudding with salted caramel sauce and ice cream.

“We are extremely grateful for FareShare and our volunteers for enabling us to host this lunch, so that nobody is left behind this Christmas,” said Fr Bob Maguire.

FareShare cooks 5,000 nutritious meals every day for people doing it tough, including growing numbers of people experiencing homelessness and isolation in Melbourne.

“With three million Australians – including more than 730,000 children – now living below the poverty line, many cannot afford the delicious, nutritious food we take for granted during the festive season,” said FareShare’s Lucy Farmer.


Chefs Chris and Joss serve up Woolies hams cooked to perfection

“We believe everyone should get their fair share this Christmas. There’s no more important time for the community to come together around food.”

Father Bob’s, the major foodbank, material aid provider and legal support for the South Melbourne area, also provided Christmas hampers to more than 1,000 families this week.

FareShare is supporting a number of charity Christmas lunches with rescued and donated food this year including a sit-down lunch for 250 at Richmond Churches Food Centre on Christmas day and a community lunch for 85 at the Wellington Centre.


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Sharing a good meal is one of the great pleasures of life.

Father Bob Maguire calls it meet, greet and eat. Psychologists recognise it as a vital social function.Anna cropped

Yet for many, meals are lonely affairs and none more so than at Christmas.

That’s why FareShare needs donations to our Christmas appeal to help us connect more people over a meal at this important time.

FareShare helps the Father Bob Maguire Foundation feed 600 people a week. People in need of company as well as a square meal.

People like Anna, who had an excellent job until she suffered a stroke. She is now grateful to receive help with meals. “It has got an incredible impact on your mental health because you don’t have to worry you have nothing to eat,” said Anna. Continue reading


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Father Bob explains how FareShare has provided the "cure"

Father Bob explains how FareShare has provided the “cure”

It takes a lot of ingredients to cook one million meals in a year and our new video shows how we did it.

2015 was a year of big numbers for FareShare. We rescued 544,543 kg of food, cooked 1,075,148 meals and assisted 402 charities.

Our list of regular volunteers climbed from 500 to 750, we welcomed 3000 students from 72 schools into our Schools in the Kitchen  program and some 80 organisations volunteered for corporate shifts.

FareShare benefited from 35 new food donors and we also began supplying ready to eat meals to seven new Melbourne charities including Salvation Army Sunshine,  Father Bob Maguire Foundation and Love Thy Neighbour.

But numbers don’t tell the real story. Meet the faces behind our epic year – the volunteers, food donors and charities – by watching the year in pictures.

A huge thank you to our friends Alister and Rob at The Post Project for generously donating their time to make this fantastic production.