How Does It Work?

The Feed Melbourne Appeal is an annual fundraising campaign run by Leader Community News and food rescue charity FareShare, supported by Newman’s Own Foundation.

With more and more people struggling to afford a meal, it is crucial that frontline food relief charities are supported to respond to the growing demand for emergency food.

The face of hunger is diverse and spans generations, from students to the elderly, the working and the unemployed, to full time carers and low income parents struggling to provide their families with three meals a day.

Every dollar raised by the appeal helps suburban food relief charities such as soup kitchens, community food banks, free school breakfast clubs, to collect, store, cook and distribute food to people going hungry in our city.

Local food charities are encouraged to apply for a Feed Melbourne Appeal grant of up to $15,000. These grants allow them to purchase vital equipment and low-cost staple food to meet the increasing demand for meals or food in their community.  The grant applications are thoroughly assessed by a grants advisory panel who allocate two thirds of the appeal’s total fundraising to charities.

The remaining third is provided to FareShare, which makes a significant contribution towards helping them rescue surplus food and cook this into nutritious, healthy free meals.

We believe by joining together and working with local food relief charities that we can make a greater impact on the fight against hunger in our community.