FareShare is a proud community powered by 1000 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

Volunteers make a ‘world of difference’ at FareShare

At the start of National Volunteer Week, FareShare celebrates the 983 people who give up their time to rescue, cook, grow and transport food in Melbourne and the 325 who help out in our new Brisbane kitchen. “We are so proud of our community of volunteers who make FareShare’s mission

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From tuck shop to the FareShare kitchen

Meet ‘tuck shop mum’ Kate who’s about to receive her five-year service certificate along with 52 other FareShare volunteers. Kate, pictured below right with fellow volunteer Jan, was looking for a hands on role that would give her greater purpose when she heard about FareShare from a friend. She checked

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Vanessa’s five marathons for FareShare

Vanessa Bolton began volunteering in FareShare’s Melbourne kitchen in 2012 – the same year she started running ultra marathons. The two have gone together ever since. This year she has completed the 100km Oxfam Tailwalker and the 44km Rollercoaster in the Dandenongs. But an even bigger challenge awaits her in

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Food waste warrior finds fit as FareShare volunteer

Natalia has travelled a long way from her native Colombia to wind up as a FareShare volunteer. Her international journey started 10 years ago in the UK where she completed her Masters in industrial engineering and operational management at the University of Nottingham. After graduating, she headed Down Under with

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Our volunteers love being part of FareShare

In 2019, 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 they shared. 

“I feel I am supporting an excellent cause, helping others and enjoying myself – win, win, win!”

“The kitchens are so well organised and when you leave at the end of the shift you realise how many meals you have helped make and how much food has been saved from landfill.”

“I chose the kitchen gardens to help develop my skills in growing food. My aim is to use the skills and knowledge I gain at FareShare to help communities in remote areas become self-sufficient.”

You never know what’s around the corner in life. To be able to offer some support to people in need gives me confidence that if I am in need, there are amazingly kind people in our community to offer support and assistance.

“The one and a half hours I spend each week doing a packing shift is the highlight of my week and I always leave feeling uplifted. It has greatly improved my quality of life.”

“I am passionate about minimising waste and about helping people less fortunate than myself, so Fareshare gives me the opportunity to do both.”

“I love the sight and smell of all that food coming out of the ovens, knowing it is going to help someone who needs it and that I have played a small part in getting it to their table.”

I hate food waste and working at FareShare I know that the more I chop, the more food can be made into a meal for someone who needs it.”

“I quit my job and am now seeking a career in the not for profit sector as I got more satisfaction volunteering than in my last career.”

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