Volunteering | FareShare Food Charity


How you can get involved

FareShare is as much a community as it is a community organisation. As we like to say here, many strong friendships have been baked in our kitchen. Around 850 people volunteer with us on a weekly or fortnight basis. And every year some 8000 people volunteer with us, including corporate volunteers and secondary students. See our volunteer video


We run five daily shifts in our Abbotsford kitchen: a morning, afternoon and evening shift for regular volunteers, and at least two corporate or school shifts. Shifts last three to four hours and volunteers help with basic kitchen tasks – from cutting vegetables to packing meals. No formal training or professional experience is required.

Kitchen gardens:

We also run half day shifts in the kitchen gardens in Abbotsford,  Moorabbin and Clayton South. Gardening tasks include weeding, mulching, planting, fertilizing, harvesting, composting, propagation and pest management.

Other projects:

Other volunteers help by driving our refrigerated vans to collect surplus food from supermarkets and other businesses and delivering meals to charities. Volunteers also help with administration and take on special projects from time to time.


FareShare will be opening a new kitchen in Brisbane in 2018. To register your interest in volunteering, please contact brisbane@fareshare.net.au and we will keep you updated on progress.

For more information about volunteering at FareShare please call Rosemary Kelly or Kirsty Sheppard on 03 9428 0044

All of our volunteers are supervised. Volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless they are part of a secondary school group.

Our regular volunteers commit to undertake a weekly, fortnightly or monthly shift for a period of at least six months.

NEW VOLUNTEER REGISTRATION FORM: All new volunteers for kitchen, garden, driving or administration in Melbourne please register HERE. For enquiries about our new Brisbane kitchen, contact brisbane@fareshare.net.au.

VOLUNTEER SHIFT CHANGE FORM: Existing volunteers with regular shifts please advise of shifts you can’t attend and makeup shifts HERE.

Induction video

Before volunteering in our kitchen please view our induction video, recorded by Movida’s Frank Camorra.

 Volunteer Testimonials

In December 2013 FareShare asked its volunteers for feedback about their experiences working for the organisation, as part of its yearly Volunteer Survey. Below are just some of thoughts and reflections, submitted by volunteers as part of that survey.

“I appreciate being treated as an intelligent adult by the kitchen supervisors – they are unfailingly polite and friendly.”

“I am proud of being associated with this organisation and also very proud of the way it has grown and is continually improving its operations.”

“I think it is an extremely worthwhile cause and an excellent organisation.”

“I love what you guys are doing. I love how the committed volunteers work together. Well done and keep up the great work.”

“I have no plans to stop volunteering any time soon at FareShare because I’m loving it.”

“It fulfils my need to help others in my community/society and make a positive difference in two compatible ways.”

“I am proud to be a volunteer with FareShare and am always trying to find ways of making others more aware of the great support it provides for people in need.”