FareShare is a proud community powered by 900 volunteers.

Volunteers needed

All new volunteers for kitchen, garden, driving, warehouse or administration in Melbourne please fill in our registration form

Volunteering in the kitchen

We run morning, afternoon and evening volunteer shifts in our Abbotsford kitchen, together with a Saturday morning shift.

Shifts last three to four hours and volunteers help with basic food preparation tasks such as chopping vegetables, cutting meat, cracking eggs and packing meals.

No experience is required.

Kitchen volunteering is extremely popular and we currently have a wait list.

Please register your interest and we will keep you updated.

You may also suggest your workplace book a corporate volunteering shift.

Kitchen volunteers help with a wide range of kitchen tasks and must be physically fit, and able to be on their feet for the duration of the shift (approx. 3 hours).

Volunteering in the kitchen garden

We run half-day shifts in our three kitchen gardens located in Abbotsford, Moorabbin and Clayton South.

Gardening tasks include weeding, mulching, planting, fertilizing, harvesting, composting, propagation and pest management.

There are immediate volunteer opportunities on our large plot in Clayton South where we grow 80 per cent of our vegetables.

Please register your interest and we will keep you updated.

You can also book a corporate volunteering shift with your colleagues in our Abbotsford garden.

Volunteering on the road and in the warehouse

Other volunteer tasks include driving our refrigerated vans to collect surplus food and delivering meals to charities. Drivers should be physically fit, and be aware the role involves some heavy lifting. A full automatic driver’s licence is also required.

Warehouse volunteers will help with a variety of warehousing tasks such as taking delivery of incoming stock, recording and weighing incoming and outgoing product, stock rotation, general cleaning etc.

Please note that for warehouse roles, preference will be given to those with previous warehouse experience and a current forklift licence.

Volunteering in the office

Volunteers also help with administration and take on special projects.

Reception volunteers play a very important role. They greet our volunteers, answer phones, monitor and respond to emails and update our databases. They are the face of FareShare and so it is very important that these volunteers enjoy interacting with other people and have a can-do disposition.

We also welcome skilled volunteers such as graphic designers, fundraisers, web developers and data experts.

Volunteer induction video

Before volunteering in our kitchen please view our induction video above, recorded by Movida’s Frank Camorra.

Meet our volunteers

Joan cooks, supervises, gardens and walks for FareShare!

Joan Datson joined FareShare as a kitchen volunteer in February 2012. She had recently reduced her work hours in hospitality and was looking to volunteer with a food rescue charity. She found FareShare on Dr Google and it ticked all the boxes for her – reducing food waste, group volunteering

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Life on the road with volunteer Linda

Most of our volunteers love the social interaction in our kitchens and gardens but intrepid driver Linda doesn’t mind “going solo” on her regular Thursday run. Although a keen bushwalker, at FareShare Linda is very happy behind the wheel of our Vito van which she has been driving for eight

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Anne wears two hats as a FareShare volunteer

Anne fills quiches at night, after a day shift building the FareShare website The title Volunteer of the Month hardly does justice to Anne who has rebuilt our website as well as acting as an evening kitchen volunteer. Anne offered her expertise in digital marketing to FareShare after joining us

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Lauren turns up the beat in the FareShare kitchen

Chef Polly and DJ Lauren Mac get ready to cook – and entertain – students. DJ and FareShare volunteer Lauren first heard about us while doing a professional gig at the Night Noodle Markets where our volunteers were selling fortune cookies. Lauren was excited to learn about FareShare’s mission and

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Our volunteers love being part of FareShare

In 2016 FareShare asked our volunteers for feedback about their experiences working for us as part of an anonymous volunteer survey. Below are just some of the thoughts and reflections, submitted by our volunteers as part of that survey.

“I love the sense of community – all working towards a common goal. I hate waste in any part of life and FareShare is such a positive way of turning waste into good to help others.”
“It has opened my eyes to the extremities of food waste in this country and introduced me to a great many inspiring people.”
“I have 10 years’ experience in my current job, and have only volunteered at FareShare since January and yet I feel more satisfaction in volunteering just those few hours every two weeks than I do in my real job.”
“I’m constantly amazed how dedicating just a few hours of my time (together with all the other volunteers) can contribute immensely to the fight against hunger and food waste.”
“It means I am part of something bigger where I make a small but significant difference.”
“It means that by giving up only 3-4 hours each fortnight I’m helping improve someone else’s life.”
“I was a bit scared at first but now I’m bouncing before I even get through the FareShare doors. The chefs are amazing.”
“It gives me the opportunity to help make a difference for people in need, to reduce waste and as a bonus to make new friends in a friendly non-competitive environment.”
“FareShare is well organised and achieves great ‘bang for bucks’ without government subsidies.”

“I have known hardship in life, but am very fortunate where I have ended up. Hopefully I am paying it forward with my time at FareShare.”

Volunteers are the heart of FareShare

Ever wondered how we cook 5000 meals every day? The answer is simple. VOLUNTEERS! Take three minutes to watch how they do it in Australia’s largest charity kitchen.

Volunteers needed

All new volunteers for kitchen, garden, driving, warehouse or administration in Melbourne please fill in our registration form