Poverty and food waste are huge issues in Australia. Around 4 million Australians struggle to put food on their tables, while $20 billion dollars worth of food is sent to landfill.
FareShare charity helps combat both problems by rescuing wasted food to feed the less fortunate. They also operate their own community gardens to grow fresh fruit and vegetables, in order to meet the demand for meals from charities.
As a not-for-profit organisation who rely on their ‘fare share’ of donations, Eco Guardians wanted to support their cause. Our first donation was two three-tonne truck loads of SoilFood fertiliser, fresh from South Melbourne and Prahran Markets. Our SoilFood is rich in nitrogen, potassium and calcium, and helps organic crops grow into maturation. This donation was the start of a fantastic partnership between Eco Guardians and FareShare.
FareShare started off as a pastry chef cooking 300 pies every Saturday morning for St Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army. Through hard work, dedication and countless volunteers, they now cook more than 5,000 free meals a day for a variety of charities. In Melbourne, land was donated in Clayton and Moorabbin for their community gardens, which are staffed by their wonderful volunteers.
Planting for this spring is well underway and Eco Guardians have again donated our SoilFood, with deposits made to both Clayton and Moorabbin gardens. This round of crops consists of capsicums, carrots, leeks, cabbage, pumpkins and herbs. We look forward to continuing working with FareShare and supporting the wonderful work they do.