Food charity FareShare is in the process of building Australia’s largest charity kitchen in Brisbane with the help of Wiley.
The facility is being designed and built by Wiley at cost with the capacity to cook five million meals a year.
In October 2018, Fareshare will open the state of the art, production kitchen in Morningside, Brisbane, with the aim to cook 1.25 million meals in the first year of operation.
FareShare rescues food that would otherwise go to waste and cooks it into free, nutritious meals for people in crisis. Its vision is to have a society where food is not wasted and no one goes hungry.
Wiley managing director, Tom Wiley, said the company loved working with the FareShare team as their mission and vision aligned so closely to Wiley’s values.
“FareShare partner with Food Bank who we also support, so it made sense to do what we could to help FareShare get on their feet and feeding our community as soon and they could. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty in the kitchen come October,” said Wiley.
FareShare is duplicating its unique capability to cook rescued food at scale from Melbourne to Queensland where surplus food is available and community need is acute.
Wiley project manager, Lauren Ellis, said the company had been involved right from the start, assisting with site selection and sourcing suppliers who would best work with the charity.
“Many of our suppliers have also chipped in offering their services at a greatly discounted rate and we are very grateful for their support,” she said.
FareShare’s Queensland general manager Kellie Watson said it was great partnering with a company like Wiley, which had so much experience in the food sector.
“As well as providing their services at cost, Wiley has also brought trades on board with many contributing at cost or with great discounts. As a charity, it’s been critical to keep costs down so this has been a huge help,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed Wiley’s flexible and responsive approach,” said Kellie.
The kitchen will be powered by local volunteers and supplied with quality ingredients by Foodbank Queensland. who will also distribute the meals through its existing network of charities.
FareShare is now welcoming registrations from would-be volunteers.