What is FareShare?
FareShare rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough.
Every year, two million Australians will experience hunger. But, over the same period, we’ll also waste 200kg of food for every man, woman and child in the nation.
This doesn’t make any sense. Melbourne food charity FareShare is doing something about it by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses.
With the help of 800 regular volunteers, FareShare cooks this food into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for Victorian charities – such as soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs. We do this in Australia’s largest charity kitchen, based in Abbotsford.
By ‘rescuing’ food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products.
We are a not-for-profit community organisation operating on a modest budget – thanks to the generosity of philanthropic foundations, businesses and private donors.
Every $100 FareShare receives from fundraising allows us to cook and distribute 150 meals.
In May 2013 we moved into a wonderful new, custom-built kitchen – the funds for which were kindly donated by extraordinarily generous supporters. We also operate six refrigerated vans to collect rescued food and distribute our meals.
The new kitchen has increased our cooking capacity substantially. Our long term goal is to provide Victorian charities with as many meals as they need to help people who have fallen on hard times.