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

Howard steps up for FareShare

Howard first heard about FareShare when he found himself chatting to one of our volunteers on a dating app. They never met but Howard was encouraged to register his interest. FareShare sounded like a wonderful charity reducing food waste and helping people in real need. He joined an evening kitchen

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The ‘Anti-Inflamms’ walk again!

Last year kitchen volunteer Marisa Angelico recruited two of her crew members as well as some of her sisters and friends to participate in their first a2 Upstream Challenge. They called themselves “The Anti-Inflamms”. They had so much fun – and not so much inflammation – that Marisa has registered

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Ann and Barry make FareShare a family affair

When Ann and Barry retired they were both looking for new and beneficial ways to fill their spare time. Ann had been working in schools administration and Barry had been an engineer with the Port of Melbourne Authority. When Ann heard about FareShare, she was excited about volunteering in the

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Volunteers make a ‘world of difference’ at FareShare

FareShare now has 1,000 volunteers who give up their time to rescue, cook, grow and transport food in Melbourne and 325 who help out in our new Brisbane kitchen. “We are so proud of our community of volunteers who make FareShare’s mission possible,” said Volunteer Manager Rosemary Kelly. “With a

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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