Time away from the workplace in FareShare’s Melbourne kitchen or kitchen garden is a fantastic way to re-connect with your team and build positive relationships within your organisation.

We are delighted with the level of interest in our corporate volunteering program, which has almost booked out for 2022.

Please note, our kitchen garden shifts are fully booked and our kitchen shifts have limited availability in December. Shifts in Derrimut are still available. 

Bookings for our 2023 corporate volunteering program will be launched in December. If you have not yet contacted us about our corporate volunteering program, please email rosemary.kelly@fareshare.net.au so we can add you to our mailing list. 

Team building with social impact

FareShare offers a unique and meaningful corporate volunteering experience.

Every day we open our high-volume kitchen to half-day shifts (morning, afternoon and Thursday evenings) for colleagues to build relationships and have fun while creating thousands of meals for people in need.

Guided by our experienced chefs, participants roll pastry, bake quiches, crack eggs, and cook and pack sausage rolls or vegie rolls or single-serve meals. They will also learn about food waste, food rescue and food poverty in our city.

FareShare also offers corporate volunteering opportunities at our Abbotsford Kitchen Garden on Friday mornings.

Feedback has been glowing and many corporate volunteers have gone on to become regular volunteers. Importantly, everyone leaves feeling more connected and knowing they have made a direct social impact.

Frequently asked questions

All corporate volunteers are required to have had at least 2 vaccinations against COVID-19. Face masks must be worn at all times inside the building at 1-7 South Audley Street, Abbotsford, unless you are sitting down eating or drinking in the breakout room. We will do our utmost to ensure your safety while you are on our premises by maintaining a clean and sanitary work environment. We will continue to update our COVIDSafe plan in line with changes in conditions and government advice. 

The FareShare kitchen provides the perfect setting for employees to interact with colleagues across departments and levels, while making a tangible difference. It can also be a great way to build relationships with clients. No special skills are required and everyone participates on an equal basis.

Each group of corporate volunteers finish their 3-4 hour shift having made around 1000 nutritious meals for Victorian families and individuals in need.

Participants will also learn about the impact of hunger in our community, and leave with a real understanding of how their efforts have directly helped disadvantaged Australians.

Teams undertake a variety of kitchen tasks such as rolling pastry, cracking eggs, and cooking and packing quiches, sausage rolls, vegie rolls and single-serve meals.

On a typical shift, corporate volunteers cook around 1000 meals.

Morning and afternoon shifts run for 3.5 hours, including a tea-break, Evening shifts run for approximately 2- 2.5 hours.

1) Morning shifts: 9am-12.30pm (Mon-Fri)
2) Afternoon shifts: 1.15pm-5pm (Mon-Thu) & 1.15pm-4pm (Fri)
3) Evening shifts: 6.15pm to 8:30pm (Wed & Thu)

The maximum shift size is 16. If you bring a smaller crew, we will partner you with another group to boost numbers and ensure meal output.

Our state of the art production kitchen is located at 1-7 South Audley St, Abbotsford.
We recommend you use public transport – the 109 and 12 trams run along Victoria St (you get off at stop 22). The 78 tram on Church St terminates on Victoria St. Or you can catch the train to North Richmond Station (a 10 minute walk). We also have bike racks out the front.

We do not have access to off street parking nearby. During the day, finding a car park can be very challenging. There are some 4 hour parks in surrounding streets. There is parking for a fee available at Victoria Gardens Shopping Centre, which is a 10 minute walk from the FareShare kitchen. Street parking is available in the evenings.

The financial contribution is $1,200 (plus GST) for a half-day experience or $1,000 (plus GST) for an evening shift.

FareShare does on occasion accept in kind payment for corporate shifts, usually in the form of food, other goods or services, or the provision of skilled volunteers and general expertise. If you feel your organisation has something to offer in this respect, please let us know.

If you have to cancel your shift within 3 weeks of your booking date, we may apply a 50% cancellation fee. We understand that navigating through the pandemic might require some last minute changes to your volunteer line up, and we may waive the cancellation fee if you have to change or cancel for this reason. However it is difficult for us to find another group to take your booking at short notice, and we will therefore drop production if you are unable to come in and support us on the date you booked.

For a kitchen shift we ask volunteers to bring a clean apron, wear comfortable clothing (no sleeveless tops in summer), and runners or sneakers. Shoes must be closed in, flat and comfortable. We will also provide you with a list of PPE requirements once you book your shift. This includes no jewellery including watches, no scarves or hoodies, and you must wear a hairnet which we will provide on the day.

Groups are supervised by our friendly chefs and supervisors who will demonstrate the tasks to be undertaken and work alongside your group. 

Our kitchen shifts are popular and often book out 2-3 months in advance. It is best to book early to secure your preferred dates.

Our Abbotsford Kitchen Garden is open to corporate volunteering on Friday mornings for up to 10 volunteers. Gardening tasks may include weeding, mulching, propagating, planting, harvesting and composting.

A wide range of organisations, including some of Australia’s biggest companies together with smaller businesses and community organisations, book corporate shifts in the FareShare kitchen; many of them on a regular basis.

More than 250 organisations have already volunteered at FareShare including

Feedback on the experience

ENGIE demonstrates its commitment to corporate social responsibility in the FareShare kitchen.

Other ways to support FareShare

In addition to volunteering in our kitchen, there are other ways you can support us through running a food drive or getting involved in our FootSteps Challenge.

If you would like to learn more about running a food drive at your workplace please get in touch by emailing info@fareshare.net.au. Our needs constantly change, so please contact us before you get started. 

Please follow this link if you would like to learn more about our 2022 FootSteps Challenge that will kick off this September.