FareShare community garden

Moorabbin Airport Corporation has partnered with FareShare, Victoria’s largest charity kitchen, to deliver over one million meals annually to Victoria’s hungry.

A 3,000 square-metre plot of airport land is currently under construction and will become one of metropolitan Melbourne's largest charity vegetable gardens, managed by Moorabbin Airport and FareShare. Dozens of volunteers will construct scores of raised garden beds to grow a diverse range of vegetables including pumpkin, broccoli, cauliflower and capsicum. Up to 12 tonnes of vegetables will be grown annually at Moorabbin Airport.

The airport’s owners, Goodman, and a cohort of corporate donors that are offering their time, resources and funds will build the garden. The much-needed vegetables will go towards the 25,000 meals FareShare cooks weekly from its Abbotsford kitchen. Every year FareShare distributes more than one million free meals to charities across the State, but fresh vegetables are becoming increasingly difficult to source through food rescue and donations. The Kitchen Garden at Moorabbin Airport will enable FareShare to expand production to meet growing community need.

The idea came about from discussion with the Goodman Foundation and FareShare who have been recipients of workplace giving donations and volunteering efforts by Moorabbin Airport and Goodman employees for several years. Moorabbin Airport is committed to the success of the kitchen garden and has gifted the land to FareShare for 33 years until 2048. The land donation from Moorabbin Airport is equivalent to a $100,000 annual donation.

FareShare runs Australia’s largest charity kitchen to rescue food and cook quality meals for more than 400 charities across the state who support those who are hungry, homeless or doing it tough. Recipient charities include a number of local organisations such as Avo Care, Moira Southern Direction Youth Services, and Matt’s Place.

For more information, visit FareShare