Feed Appeal - History
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.