Since its inception, the Feed Appeal has raised nearly $10 million and given funding to 410 community groups across Australia to build their capacity to store, cook and distribute around 20 million meals.
The 2021 Feed Appeal raised a record $1.96 million to support food relief efforts. Amongst the 29 grants that were awarded, was support for charities operating in rural communities. Our thanks goes to Squeaky Gate for continuing its support of the Feed Appeal’s rural grants program enabling us to fund a commercial oven, food transport vehicle, coolroom, other kitchen equipment and food staples – through sales of its The All Rounder extra virgin olive oil.
You can still nourish Australians in crisis by supporting FareShare, the Appeal’s co-founder. All funds go to providing frontline charities with free, nutritious meals cooked in the FareShare kitchens.
Over the years, our annual grants program has been a valuable source of funding for local groups, enabling them to purchase fridges, freezers, and cooking equipment, to upgrade their kitchens and other facilities, and buy food transport vehicles.
More recently, there has been additional support from governments for similar food infrastructure grants programs providing substantial funding to frontline charities. Meanwhile community groups have made a growing number of requests to the Feed Appeal for food.
For these reasons, FareShare, the co-founder and supporting charity of the Feed Appeal, is focusing its efforts on providing free, nutritious meals to these charities. This will mean that the grants program is being discontinued.
If you have received a grant in 2021, please note your acquittal is due in August, 2022. FareShare will be in touch with further information.
In 2009 FareShare and Leader Community Newspapers launched the Melbourne Appeal to raise funds for grassroots charities to provide food relief. The annual grants program became a valuable source of funding for local groups, enabling them to purchase equipment to cook, store and deliver food to vulnerable community members.
Over the years the campaign received strong support from business and philanthropy – including Woolworths, Newman’s Own Foundation, Sargents Pies Charitable Foundation, Squeaky Gate, Lord Mayors’ Charitable Foundation, Linfox and most of all the community. And this support enabled FareShare and News Corp to take the Feed Appeal across Australia and provide grants to frontline food relief agencies in all state and territories.
More recently, with additional government support for local groups providing food relief and a greater demand for food and cooked meals, FareShare is now devoting all its efforts to filling the fridges, freezers and vans funded over 13 years with healthy meals cooked by our chefs and volunteers. These meals provide immediate relief and comfort to people in hardship.
As a charity FareShare relies on donations to cook nutritious meals. We need community support to help us respond to a surge in requests from local charities for our cooked meals. Every dollar and every meal make a meaningful difference to someone in need.