PROVIDING GOOD, FRESH FOOD TO MORE FAMILIES IN NEED

More struggling families will have access to good, fresh food, with a re-elected Andrews Labor Government to provide $2.5 million to support FareShare.

The funding will allow FareShare to focus on delivering more meals to needy people across the state.

FareShare runs Australia’s largest charity kitchens. Since 2000, they have worked with businesses to collect their surplus food and turn it into free nutritious meals for people right across Victoria.

Last year FareShare chefs and volunteers turned donated food into 1.2 million nutritious meals in their Abbotsford facility. Their meals are distributed for free to hundreds of local charities.

While most of the meals are distributed to charities across metropolitan Melbourne, 30 percent of meals are distributed to groups in regional Victoria.

Eight hundred people from all walks of life regularly volunteer at our Abbotsford kitchen - and they have 1,500 people on a waiting list keen to become regular volunteers.

Each year 2,500 secondary school children and 3,500 corporate volunteers also help cook meals, giving back to the community under the guidance of FareShare’s professional chefs and staff.

Quotes attributable to the Minister for Education James Merlino

“Local families should never have to go without fresh food. That’s why we’ll make sure FareShare can deliver more food to more people across our community.”

Quotes attributable to Member for Richmond Richard Wynne

“Sometimes life can hit you hard. Labor will make sure that when times are tough, families can rely on FareShare’s fundamental support.”