FareShare (Australia)

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Motto Rescuing food, fighting hunger
Formation 2000
Headquarters 1 Thompson Street, Abbotsford, Victoria, Australia, 3181. Tel. 61 3 9428 0044.
Marcus Godinho
Key people
David Hobba, Rob McMurrich, Kath Cotter, Chris Scott, Sandy Dudakov, Bruce Blake, David Harris, Annette Chaitman, Ron Hicks, Julian Pang and Pia Dimattina
Website www.fareshare.net.au

FareShare (Australia) is an Australian not-for-profit organisation that provides healthy meals for Melbourne’s hungry and homeless, using quality food that would otherwise be wasted. In 2008, FareShare rescued 280 tonnes of food from 80 businesses. More than 1,000 volunteers helped give away 560,000 meals for 106 charities. FareShare aims to give away one million meals this year.

To produce FareShare’s meals, it collects quality surplus food that would otherwise be wasted - from growers, manufacturers, wholesale markets, caterers, major retailers and hospitality schools - and turns it into nutritious meals. FareShare also redistributes a large quantity of uncooked food directly to more than 100 local charities.

FareShare estimates that for every kilogram of food that is recovered, it saves 56 litres of water. Its food recovery activities in 2008-09 are also expected to save 620 tonnes of greenhouse gas – the equivalent to switching off 953 refrigerators a year.


FareShare began as the shared vision of a group of individuals[who?] in 2001.

Steven Kolt, a Jewish Aid Australia member, knew of the work of City Harvest, an organisation that rescues food for the needy of New York City. As a result, ‘Melbourne City Harvest’ began in 2001, rescuing food that would otherwise be wasted. Prepared meals were collected from function halls and catering venues.

Meanwhile, ‘One Umbrella’ had also begun rescuing food. With RACV Foundation’s support, the group cooked nutritious pies in the club’s kitchen. In late 2001, Melbourne City Harvest and One Umbrella decided to merge.

One Umbrella then lobbied for the creation of Victoria’s "Good Samaritan Act" which provides legal protection to those who act in good faith by donating food to charities.

In 2008, One Umbrella changed its name to FareShare and for the first time, opened its own kitchen in Abbotsford, Victoria.

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