Food Rescue

FareShare strives for a society where food is not wasted and no one goes hungry.

FareShare accepts donations of surplus, quality food that would otherwise be wasted, and cooks more than one million meals a year in Australia’s largest charity kitchen. Our free, nutritious meals are distributed to more than 400 charities including soup kitchens, homeless shelters and community foodbanks.

Your donation of food or kitchen equipment will help our volunteers feed the increasing numbers of people struggling to afford food in our community and stop perfectly-good food ending up in landfill.

How you can help

FareShare wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for the support of our food donors.

We accept donations of surplus food from farmers, supermarkets, manufacturers, importers and many other businesses. Our professional chefs bring this rescued food together to cook 25,000 free nutritious meals a week for Victorian charities.

Each year more than 100 businesses provide us with perfectly good food that would otherwise end up in landfill. These include Fonterra (dairy), Kinross Farms (eggs), Woolworths (meat), Boscastle (pastry) and Costa Farms (fresh vegetables).

What we need

FareShare accepts food that may be:

Product close to ‘Use By’ date
Product no more than 8 months past ‘Best Before’ date
Products with damaged packaging
R&D products or finished/deleted product lines
Sample size or bulk produce
Products that fall outside the manufacturers specifications
Over/underweight or mislabelled products

We aim to make donating as easy as possible for you.

FareShare operates a commercial sized cook-chill facility that was custom built to accept and safely handle large quantities of food. We have a fleet of seven refrigerated vehicles that can collect donations at short notice within a time slot that suits you.

Food items that are donated in good condition and in good faith for our work are covered by the Good Samaritan law which covers potential legal risks for donors.

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