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The Fruit Box is a proud supporter of the following community organisations:
Since 2001 FareShare (formerly One Umbrella) has provided free healthy, nutritious meals for the homeless and hungry in Melbourne using surplus food donated by Melbourne's businesses. This is food that would have otherwise ended up in landfill.
FareShare receives surplus product from food wholesalers, catering companies, food outlets and other organisations. Examples of the sorts of food received are meat that has been ground too fine by a butcher; fruit and vegetables that don't look perfect but are perfectly edible; pastry off-cuts from a pie company; high fibre bread not sold on the day it was baked.
Food is collected by drivers and delivered to a commercial kitchen in Abbotsford. From Monday through to Saturday two professional chefs help up to 45 volunteers a day prepare the meals.
The meals are then distributed by 100 welfare agencies across Melbourne operating food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens. All of the meals are given away free to charities saving them more than $1 million a year.
FareShare's goal is to give away one million free meals a year.
"A big thanks to our friends at The Fruit Box who for years have set aside fruit with slight blemishes for FareShare. These boxes - and others - were delivered to seven schools in the western suburbs yesterday." - 5th September 2012, via Facebook.
Oz Harvest is a non-denominational charity operating food rescue programs in Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra. They:
- collect excess fresh food that would otherwise be thrown away by corporate offices, delis, restaurants, caterers, function centres etc; and
- provide the food to charities which support the disadvantaged and at risk communities in Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra.
This service is provided at no cost to both the food donor and the recipient.
Established in November 2004 with one van Oz Harvest delivered 4000 meals in its first month of operation. They now deliver on average 85,000 meals each month with their fleet of five vans in Sydney. Excess food is turned into a resource, saving thousands of kilograms of food from being dumped as landfill each year.
"The beautiful quality produce that we receive from The Fruit Box adds to the health and nourishment of hundreds of thousands of Australians. The good people of The Fruit Box, through their generosity, are enabling vulnerable men, women and children to have full tummies and a nourished future."
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