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 800 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.
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 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.
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, kitchen garden, driving or administration please register HERE.
VOLUNTEER SHIFT CHANGE FORM: Existing volunteers with regular shifts please advise of shifts you can’t attend and makeup shifts HERE.
Secondary school groups
Our regular volunteers must at least 18 years old, so unfortunately we are not able to assist secondary school students who are required to undertake community service. However we do have a schools program which provides a half day volunteer activity for groups of secondary school students (accompanied by their teachers). Click HERE for more about our Schools in the Kitchen program.
For bookings and information about the Schools program contact Majella Nugent on 03 9428 0044 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volunteer waiting times
We are very fortunate to have many people interested in volunteering with FareShare. That means we have a waiting list for kitchen, gardening and driving shifts. Please be patient – we need your support but it may take us a couple of months to contact you to invite you to one of our monthly information sessions for new volunteers.
Ros Gould, Kitchen Supervisor “I joined FareShare as a volunteer mid 2008. I thought it was such a great concept – rescuing unwanted food to help feed the needy. “I work the Monday morning and afternoon shifts ‘supervising’ the prepping of vegetables and meat for the sausage rolls, quiches and wet meals that we make. “There have been many changes since I started but the hardest thing is the increasing need for our food. Let’s face it, we all have to eat.”
Warrick Mackrill, Kitchen Volunteer “I have been with FareShare for two and a half years. I’m a printer in my regular job. “I really enjoy interaction with the staff and volunteers in the kitchen. “I’m also here because I’m a keen cook and have a particular interest in the reduction of waste. I also like to think I have a strong social conscience.”
Before volunteering in our kitchen please view our induction video, recorded by Movida’s Frank Camorra.
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.”