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FareShare – Rescuing food, feeding people and helping the planet

Posted in Models, RDAG by Ferne Edwards on April 12th, 2009

FareShare (formerly One Umbrella) is a small not-for-profit community organization that rescues food that would normally go to waste to combat hunger in Melbourne. It was the first organization of its kind when it was founded in 2001 by a handful of people with support from the social justice not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors. In 2007-8, FareShare gave away over 180,000 meals and a further 190 tonnes of food.


The estimated benefits of FareShare’s food recovery activity in 2008-9 alone amounting to 400 tones of rescued food is the avoided emissions of 620 tones of greenhouse gases (or the annual equivalent of switching off 953 refrigerators for a year), a water savings equivalent to the annual consumption of 96 households and a saving in landfill disposal equivalent to the annual generation of 730 households (OFarrell 2008).

FareShares ingredients include meat that has been ground too fine; off-cuts of cheese; ugly fruit and vegetables; high fibre bread not sold on the day it was baked; and packaged items such as fruit juices, breakfast cereals, yoghurts, jams and biscuits. FareShare volunteers are overseen by professional chefs and the meals they make from rescued produce are donated to charities to redistribute to those in need.

To find out more about FareShare visit their website at

OFarrell 2008, ref.

From ‘Social Innovations in Victorian Food Systems’ case studies by Ferne Edwards

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