20 May 2016
Homeless and hungry Victorians will gain much needed support with the development of the FareShare Kitchen Garden funded by a $160,000 RACV community partnership.
RACV Director Bruce Hartnett said FareShare is providing important support to local charities in the community.
“Since September 2015 we have worked closely with FareShare to establish the garden as a valuable source of produce”.
FareShare is a not-for-profit community organisation that is supported through the generosity of philanthropic foundations, business and private donors.
The high-yield garden, located in Abbotsford, will help ensure that all FareShare meals are packed with nutrition. The garden is already producing zucchini and turnip, plugging gaps in the rescued and donated food that FareShare relies upon and assisting with seasonal shortfalls.
With 800 dedicated volunteers, FareShare cooks 25,000 nutritious meals each week for 400 Victorian charities to distribute to the thousands of families struggling to put food on the table in our state.
FareShare CEO Marcus Godinho reinforced the significance of the garden in supporting the wider activities undertaken by FareShare.
“More than two million Australians each year experience hunger. Generous support and donations from the public and organisations such as RACV are helping to address this alarming statistic”.
All produce grown in the garden will be sent to the FareShare kitchen to allow FareShare volunteers to cook more than one million meals annually.
RACV partners with other not-for-profit organisations across Victoria in the areas of welfare, arts, environmental and sustainability, health and well-being, mobility and safety.
The official partnership launch of the FareShare Kitchen Garden will be on Friday 20 May 2016 with FareShare and RACV representatives in attendance.
For more information on FareShare visit http://www.fareshare.net.au/.
Written by Thomas Ferdinands, RACV Public Affairs on 03 9790 2997
May 20, 2016