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Our History

The Feed Melbourne Appeal was launched in 2009 by Leader Community News, Melbourne’s largest and most influential community newspaper publisher, and FareShare, a charity that rescues surplus, quality food and cooks it into nutritious free meals in Australia’s largest charity kitchen. These meals are delivered to front line food relief charities – such as soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs.

Leader Community News and FareShare observed there were many community food relief charities that could not keep up with demand – often because they did not have the facilities and equipment to take and store more food.

The Feed Melbourne Appeal was born from a desire to provide grants to these community charities so that in turn they could feed more people. Two thirds of the amount raised each year is granted out to community food relief charities while FareShare receives the remaining third. Collectively, this means more people who are going hungry in our community can be provided with food and cooked meals.

Since 2009 the Appeal has awarded grants to more than 145 suburban charities helping Victorians from different walks of life.

From 2011 to 2016, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation matched donations made to the Appeal. The Foundation’s support provided significant additional funding to local food programs.

Newman’s Own Foundation – started by the late actor Paul Newman – has committed its support to the 2018 Feed Melbourne Appeal through a very generous donation. We are delighted to be working with Newman’s Own Foundation to help provide food to vulnerable people in our community.