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If food is the way to a person’s heart, then what better place to look for love than in the kitchen? The FareShare Kitchen!heart-shaped-strawberry

For two nights during Good Food Month, FareShare is opening Australia’s largest charity kitchen in Abbotsford to special volunteer shifts for singles, in partnership with RSVP.

FareShare rescues food that would otherwise be wasted and with the help of more than 750 regular volunteers cooks 5000 free, nutritious meals a day for Victorians doing it tough. It’s fun and rewarding and a great way to meet people.

If you are passionate about food and care about people who go without, FareShare’s singles’ nights, will introduce you to other singles who share your values.

The evenings on November 12 & 26 will be rounded off at the National Hotel with the first drink on the house . Click here for details and to book


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Work commenced today on FareShare’s first kitchen garden on a 3000 square-metre plot of land at Moorabbin Airport.

The FareShare Kitchen Garden will grow much-needed vegetables to provide nutritious ingredients for the 25,000 meals FareShare cooks weekly in our Abbotsford kitchen.

The vacant land next to the Australian National Aviation Museum will be transformed into scores of raised garden beds to produce a diverse range of vegetables such as pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum.

“One of the biggest challenges we face is sourcing a constant and diverse supply of fresh vegetables,” said FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho. “Being able to plant and harvest our own will ensure our 750 regular volunteers have the necessary ingredients to cook nutritious meals for Victorians in need.

“Every week we receive requests for more food from charities. The only thing holding us back is ingredients. The FareShare Kitchen Garden at Moorabbin Airport will help us expand production to meet growing community need.”

Construction of the garden is expected to take three months and will be managed by Moorabbin Airport, the airport owner’s Goodman and a cohort of corporate donors that are offering their time, resources and funds to build the garden. The land, together with an established garden, is being generously gifted to FareShare by Moorabbin Airport Corporation and Goodman.





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Chef polly with the new and old-style potato peelersPeeling old-style

Not everything’s a labour of love in the kitchen – and peeling a tonne of potatoes a week is one of them.

Now thanks to an industrial-scale device, it’s a task of the past for our volunteers.

Meet our Hobart potato peeler which can wash and peel 13 kg of spuds every couple of minutes. It can also peel parsnips, carrots, turnips, sweet potatoes and other root vegetables when required.

It should be a game-changer enabling our volunteers to focus on less laborious tasks to create 5000 meals a day.

A big thanks to our friends at Allens who provided a grant for the peeler par excellence, aka Bender. With the versatile potato in almost every FareShare meal, it’s a ripper.