FareShare rescues surplus food and cooks 25,000 free, nutritious meals every week for Victorians doing it tough.
FareShare rescues surplus food and cooks free, nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough.
Every year, two million Australians will experience hunger. But, over the same period, we’ll also waste 200kg of food for every man, woman and child in the nation.
This doesn’t make any sense. Melbourne food charity FareShare is doing something about it by rescuing surplus, quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses.
With the help of 800 regular volunteers, FareShare cooks this food into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for Victorian charities – such as soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs. We do this in Australia’s largest charity kitchen, based in Abbotsford.
By ‘rescuing’ food, we mean that it would otherwise be wasted, ending up in landfill. And in saving food from landfill, we also do our bit for the planet by helping to cut methane pollution and reducing demand for new food products.
To cook a million, nutritious meals a year, FareShare needs a constant supply of quality ingredients. Sourcing enough fresh vegetables to meet the growing demand for food from charities is one of our biggest challenges.
FareShare Kitchen Gardens, with the generous support of its founder partner RACV, is tackling this problem head on by growing our own vegetables to supplement rescued produce.
Using small plots of disused land, FareShare Kitchen Gardens transforms vacant sites into vibrant community assets run by volunteers under the supervision of a qualified horticulturalist.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help at our kitchen garden site in Clayton South.
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