Each year FareShare, Leader Community Newspapers and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation encourage Melburnians to donate to The Feed Melbourne Appeal. All donations of $2 and more are tax deductible, and donations up to $225,000 will be matched by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Articles appear in all 33 Leader newspapers and events are held across Melbourne.
Every single dollar donated to the Feed Melbourne Appeal goes to a food charity.
The 2013 Feed Melbourne Appeal was supported by The Boss, Bruce Springsteen. His support raised $30,000 for the Appeal, and indirectly lead to many wonderful donations – including $80,000 from Sargents Charitable Pies Foundation.
Bruce is back in Melbourne again this year and will be supporting the 2014 Feed Melbourne Appeal once more!
During the Feed Melbourne Appeal we encourage local food charities to nominate for a grant. We ask them to complete an application form that involves describing what they do and how a grant of up to $15,000 would help them support people in their community.
All donations are banked by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and at the end of the campaign the foundation advises how much money has been raised. Two thirds of all donations are available as grants for community-based charities, for fridges, freezers, pantries, etc. The remaining one third is allocated to Victorian food rescue charity FareShare.
Since 2009 the Feed Melbourne Appeal has given out almost $2 million to 85 community food programs. And boy, has it made a difference to them.
A special grants advisory committee – including FareShare, Foodbank Victoria and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation – reviews the applications and decide how the funds should be distributed to have the greatest impact to food relief efforts in Victoria.
FareShare is a community group that operates Australia’s largest charity kitchen. FareShare works with businesses to collect surplus nutritious food, then with the help of 6,000 volunteers a year, cooks this rescued food into one million meals per annum. These meals are given free to over 400 Victorian charities helping people in need. FareShare is a nor-for-profit charity which receives no annual government funding.