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.
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.
FareShare will be opening a new kitchen in Brisbane in 2018. To register your interest in volunteering, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
VOLUNTEER SHIFT CHANGE FORM: Existing volunteers with regular shifts please advise of shifts you can’t attend and makeup shifts HERE.
Before volunteering in our kitchen please view our induction video, recorded by Movida’s Frank Camorra.
In 2016 FareShare asked its volunteers for feedback about their experiences working for the organisation as part of its anonymous Volunteer Survey. Below are just some of thoughts and reflections, submitted by volunteers as part of that survey.
“I love the sense of community – all working towards a common goal. I hate waste in any part of life and FareShare is such a positive way of turning waste into good to help others.”
“It has opened my eyes to the extremities of food waste in this country and introduced me to a great many inspiring people.”
“I’m constantly amazed how dedicating just a few hours of my time (together with all the other volunteers) can contribute immensely to the fight against hunger and food waste.”
“It means I am part of something bigger where I make a small but significant difference.”
“It gives me the opportunity to help make a difference for people in need, to reduce waste and as a bonus to make new friends in a friendly non-competitive environment.”
“FareShare is well organised and achieves great ‘bang for bucks’ without government subsidies.”
“I have known hardship in life, but am very fortunate where I have ended up. Hopefully I am paying it forward with my time at FareShare.”
“I have 10 years’ experience in my current job, and have only volunteered at FareShare since January and yet I feel more satisfaction in volunteering just those few hours every two weeks than I do in my real job.”
“It means that by giving up only 3-4 hours each fortnight I’m helping improve someone else’s life.”