Help us raise 20,000kg  of rice and pasta to create 330,000 free nutritious meals

How to get on board the FareShare pasta tram

Help us buy pasta and rice

We will use financial donations to buy rice and pasta at wholesale prices. Our friends at NSM Foods in Brunswick are even matching rice donations, so for just $10 we can buy enough rice to pair with 104 wholesome meals! For $20 we can add pasta to 80 delicious dishes.

Donate pasta and rice

Donating rice and pasta is simple. You can climb aboard the 109 or 12 tram and drop off uncooked rice and short-cut pasta at our Abbotsford kitchen where volunteers cook 5,000 free, nutritious meals a day. By using the tramTRACKER app, you may even be able to ride in on the FareShare pasta tram (no. 3009).

For food donations of 100kg or more, we will send one of our food rescue vans to collect from you.

Donate rice and pasta here!

FareShare has launched our biggest ever food drive in a bid to collect 20,000kg of rice and pasta before Christmas.

We urgently need rice and pasta to meet the growing demand for free, nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough. With community support we hope to create  330,000 rice and pasta meals – and jam-a-tram!

Rice and pasta are universally popular foods which help make a great meal go a little bit further for someone in need. Unfortunately, we can never rescue enough and more and more people need emergency food relief.

For every kilo of pasta donated, we can cook eight free meals packed with protein and vegetables. A kilo of rice will stretch to 25 meals when other ingredients are added.

FareShare will use financial donations to buy rice and pasta at wholesale prices with NSM Foods in Brunswick matching rice donations to round off 104 balanced meals for just $10.

Thanks to a community partnership with Yarra Trams, FareShare is taking the message to Melbourne will a complete tram wrap on the 109 which runs past our Abbotsford kitchen. 

Whether you’re an individual, family, school, business or community group, we urge you to jump on board and donate the missing ingredients to feeding more people. 

Frequently asked questions

Our chefs need rice and pasta to accompany our casseroles, curries, tagines and sauces. These are universally popular foods,  which help make a great meal go a little bit further for someone in need. We can never rescue enough of these precious ingredients –  partly because of their popularity and long shelf life – which is why we need your support. Children in particular love pasta and it’s a great way of providing them with a nutritious meal.

FareShare’s cooked, nutritious meals are shared with Victorians who need them most. They include people experiencing homelessness, families fleeing domestic violence, single parent families with young children, and the isolated and elderly. There are many people doing it tough in our state right now and a cooked nutritious meal makes a world of difference.
The FareShare kitchen is located at 1-7 South Audley Street, Abbotsford just 100 metres from Stop 22 on the 109 and 12 tram routes. We’ll record your donations and share the total raised and its impact with you. You can drop off your rice and pasta between 9am and 5pm on weekdays.

Dried short-cut pasta such as penne, shells and spirals, is ideal. These can be paired with a range of sauces such as creamy ham and mushroom or Mediterranean vegetables. The most useful rice is medium grain, basmati or jasmine – perfect accompaniments for our nutritious curries and casseroles. Rice and pasta must be uncooked.

If you’re running a rice and pasta drive in Melbourne and have a large quantity to collect, please email Patrick Lanyon (patrick.lanyon@fareshare.net.au). Our food rescue vans will collect 100kg of rice and pasta from the Melbourne area.

The team behind the FareShare tram

FareShare could never have used a tram as a billboard without a humbling collaboration of people and organisations donating their services for free.

Our rice and pasta tram was made possible by a Community Partnership with Yarra Trams who donated a three-month, full tram wrap to FareShare. We acknowledge this wonderful opportunity with sincere thanks.

FareShare is deeply grateful to the team at Davidson Branding who have skillfully updated the FareShare brand and created the design for the FareShare tram. We hope this will make a significant difference to fighting hunger in our city.

The stunning photography for the 109 tram was taken by Adrian Lander, one of Melbourne’s finest. He was supported by volunteer food stylist Fiona Hammond.

Huge thanks are also due to Anne Chiew, an incredibly generous and skilled volunteer, who not only created this web page but built our entire new website.

We’re also grateful to Max Barden who donated his time and skills to shoot the campaign video. 

And we acknowledge Omar of NSM Food Wholesalers in Brunswick for his fantastic contribution to filling a tram with rice by matching dollar donations to double your gift in rice.

Finally we acknowledge FareShare’s brave staff member Alice and volunteer Tony for agreeing to be the faces on our rice and pasta tram.