Here at Melbourne Public we are constantly surrounded by food. Whether we are thinking about it, looking at it, or writing about it (and sometimes even eating it…) – it’s never far from our thoughts. So when we came across the Feed Melbourne Appeal, which raises funds to help individuals and families in Melbourne who are struggling to afford to put a meal on their table, it really struck a chord with us.

With this in mind, a number of bars and restaurants in South Wharf decided to collaborate to launch ‘One Day in May’ – with Melbourne Public, Munich Brauhaus, Boat Builders Yard, General Assembly, Akachochin, Common Man, Bohemian, Bangpop, Meat Market & Plus 5 donating $1 for every drink bought in their venues on 27 May. There will also be Feed Melbourne Appeal donation boxes inviting patrons to ‘shout a meal to a person going hungry’ by donating their loose change.

We caught up with Sarah Harvie from the Feed Melbourne Appeal to find out a little bit more about this amazing cause...

What is Feed Melbourne's primary objective?

The Feed Melbourne Appeal’s main objective is to raise as much money as possible so that it can be provided to community food relief charities to help them provide food to people who are going hungry. Since it started in 2009, the Feed Melbourne Appeal has provided much needed funding to 147 Victorian food charities. The demand for emergency food is not diminishing though and being unable to afford food is a growing problem that affects people from all walks of life and spans generations.

What is the biggest challenge that the Feed Melbourne Appeal faces?

The number of people going hungry in our city is not diminishing, which is a challenge for food relief charities. Thousands of people, including children are turned away each month because charities can’t keep up with the demand. However, by donating to the Feed Melbourne Appeal, you really can make a difference and provide more people with the food they need.

Who does the Feed Melbourne Appeal benefit?

The Feed Melbourne Appeal helps people who are struggling to put a meal on their table.

Not being able to afford food is a growing problem that affects people from all walks of life and spans generations. Some are struggling low income families, some are homeless; or elderly people living below the poverty line; others are women fleeing domestic violence who don’t have the means to provide food for their children during these times.

Tell us something that we don’t know, but should know, about Melbourne & the food crisis issue.

In Victoria alone more than 140,000 people struggle to put a meal on their table each month and seek help from local food relief charities. Yet, with all the food we produce and waste, thousands of Victorians, including children, are being turned away each month because charities cannot keep up with the demand for emergency food – as they do not have the essential food staples, facilities or equipment. The Feed Melbourne Appeal was launched to help address this issue.

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The Feed Melbourne Appeal is an annual fundraising appeal conducted by Leader Community News and FareShare, supported by Newman’s Own Foundation. For more information on the appeal, please visit: www.feedmelbourne.org.au