There have been some BIG developments in sunny Queensland. Our new production kitchen is under construction and electricians, plumbers and concreters are on site.
FareShare’s Kellie Watson is joined on site by food partner Foodbank QLD’s CEO Michael Rose.
All of our specialist, high-volume cooking equipment has landed in Australia including two 300-litre mixing kettles capable of cooking 750 meals at a time.
Regular volunteer shifts will begin in September with the registration process now open on our volunteering page. Please share with anyone who may be interested.
The official launch is set for October 9 and our ambition is bold – to cook 1.25 million in our first year of operation, scaling up to 5 million meals a year.
Meat, vegetables and other nutritious ingredients will be supplied by our partner Foodbank Queensland who will also distribute our meals to vulnerable Queenslanders.
Our dream to take 17 years’ experience of cooking rescued food in Victoria to Queensland is fast becoming a reality. Take a virtual walk through our new 1500 m² premises in Morningside, Brisbane where work is underway to convert a former serum laboratory into a high-volume kitchen.
Your journey starts at reception where all the activity in the adjacent warehouse to be supplied by Foodbank Qld will be in full view on your left. Follow the corridor past the volunteer lockers and into a huge multi-purpose space facing the kitchens. This area will be available for hire by businesses and for hosting food events.
Continue to the pièce de résistance – the kitchens! A prominent counter will demonstrate our social impact by displaying the number of meals cooked. Walk in past two rows of sinks, the first for hand washing and opposite our veggie cleaning facilities.
In contrast to our Abbotsford layout, the kitchen on the right will be operated by our regular volunteers with businesses assisting in the smaller kitchen to the left of your view. Once fully kitted out, the kitchens will boast some industrial-scale equipment to assist with food preparation and cooking on an enormous scale – we’re aiming for 5 million meals a year by 2023.
The overhead view shows the shared freezers and cool room, laundry, toilets and storage space. It is envisaged that most of the building will comprise insulated, cool room panelling to help manage local climate conditions.
Welcome to FareShare Brisbane!
FareShare’s exciting new Brisbane venture to create nutritious meals for Queenslanders is rapidly taking shape.
We now have the keys to our new Morningside facility– a former serum laboratory – close to Foodbank Queensland which will supply us with surplus meat and vegetables to cook with.
FareShare’s Kellie Watson has relocated to Brisbane to transfer what we have learned in our Abbotsford kitchen to the Sunshine State.
Kellie inspects the Foodbank Queensland warehouse which will supply us with ingredients and distribute our cooked meals.
With research showing more than 400,000 Queenslanders experience food insecurity, 50 per cent of them children, the need for food relief is paramount.
“We have draft plans to install 900m² of kitchen, two 45-pallet freezers, a 40-pallet cool room and 400m² of warehousing, “said Kellie. “We are aiming to maximise the use of existing infrastructure includings electrics, air-conditioning and refrigeration, and future-proof the development.
“We have finalised our equipment lists which include everything from automated meat dicers to pumpfill stations. The new mixing kettles (electric saucepans) will cook up to 300 litres at a time – double our capacity in Melbourne.”
FareShare already has a waitlist of people ready to volunteer in Brisbane. With their support, we aim to cook 1.25 million meals in the first 12 months and ramp up to five million meals. Our food will include a line especially created for children informed by nutritionists.
Special thanks go to Wiley Industries, a Queensland company who design, build and maintain facilities for their assistance with this exciting project.
If you would like to volunteer or offer your business services to our new Brisbane kitchen, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FareShare is expanding to Queensland to dramatically increase the number of free ready-to-eat meals available for Australians in need.
As Australia’s biggest charity kitchen, we have signed an agreement with Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, to reduce food waste and fight hunger in Queensland.
Kellie contemplates the possibilities of creating nutritious meals in the Sunshine State where Foodbank rescues 40 tonnes of food a day
Using our experience garnered over 16 years in Melbourne, FareShare will establish a $4.5 million custom-built, production kitchen in Brisbane with the capacity to cook FIVE MILLION meals a year. Click here to take a virtual tour of the new kitchen.
Led by FareShare’s general manager Kellie Watson, the new high-volume kitchen aims to cook at least one million meals in its first year for Queenslanders in crisis.
The collaboration plays to both partners’ strengths, tackling food insecurity and Australia’s $20 billion food waste problem head on.
FareShare will focus on what we do best – adding value to rescued food by cooking it into free, nutritious meals. Foodbank will collaborate with the food industry and source ingredients through its existing network. It will then distribute the FareShare meals through the 300 charities it supports in Queensland.
The second kitchen will open in 2018, creating 5,000 wholesome meals a day including casseroles, curries and stir fries. The meals are designed to be easily reheated with no need for full cooking facilities, making them ideal for highly vulnerable people.
Once established, the new production kitchen will have the capacity to supply additional cooked meals to New South Wales and the ACT. Continue reading