The Feed Melbourne Appeal raises money to help charities collect, store, cook and provide food to people in need. While the Feed Melbourne Appeal does not collect food donations, Appeal co-founder and food rescue charity FareShare, does.
It is legal to donate food that’s in good condition to charities. In the early 2000s FareShare successfully lobbied the State Government to have Australia’s first Good Samaritan law introduced to protect food donors.
FareShare is open from 8am to 9.30pm Monday to Friday for drop offs and can collect large food donations directly through their fleet of refrigerated vehicles.
Refrigerated food can only be accepted if stored and maintained at between 0 and 5 degrees.
FareShare adheres to local and national food safety guidelines to ensure your donated food is received, stored, cooked, cooled and distributed in a safe condition.
Please read the information below before contacting FareShare about donating your surplus food.
Food retailers, wholesalers and distributors
FareShare accepts bulk donations of food to cook meals. This includes:
• Product close to “use by” date
• Product no more than eight months past “best before” date
• Products with damaged labels
• 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
Caterers, private and corporate
FareShare is always happy to collect surplus food however please be aware that the following cannot be collected:
• Food that has been left in a bain-marie
• Cooked food that has not been part of a cook-chill process
• Foods that have been served to the public on a buffet and/or unwrapped and exposed
• High risk food that has been on display/offer and has been out of the cool room/refrigerator for more than 2 hours
• Sandwich/bread products – however we can try to link you with a local charity for direct delivery or collection
• Sausages from sausage sizzles where the sausages have been stored in ‘eskies’ or cool boxes.
While FareShare cannot collect donated food from individuals or households, we do encourage you to visit your local council website and to find community food relief charities in your area that can take your food donations.
For more information, please visit www.fareshare.net.au/giving-food