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FareShare charity that feeds homeless robbed and ransacked

FareShare’s Abbotsford office was broken into on Friday. Photo: Facebook FareShare chief executive Marcus Godinho with long-standing volunteer Sandy Dudakov.
Nanjing Night Net

An Abbotsford charity that feeds 5000 people a day has had its office robbed and ransacked for the second time in nine months.

FareShare staff arrived on Friday morning to find someone had thrown a bike rack through the building’s security proof glass and stolen four laptops and a few hundred dollars in petty cash.

“It’s just really disheartening when you’re doing everything you can to help people who are down on their luck and then you’re the target of them,” chief executive Marcus Godinho said.

“But they probably didn’t know we were a charity and they were probably pretty desperate.”

FareShare takes surplus food usually thrown away by supermarkets, farmers and other businesses and cooks it into 25,000 free nutritious meals a week.

It then distributes the meals to Victorian charities, such as soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and school breakfast programs.

“We have 120 [volunteers] coming through everyday and there are obviously very mixed emotions among them,” Mr Godinho said.

“[They] are focused on getting as much food in and cooking as many meals as they can and then getting those meals out to charities and people doing it tough.

“So something like this just distracts you from the work you have to do.”

The volunteers include retirees, school children, corporates and people on corrections orders.

“There are a lot of people that come through the place,” Mr Godinho said. “It opens us up.”

However, the volunteers didn’t let the robbery get in the way of them doing their job to support those in need.

“After the initial shock and disappointment, our volunteers washed their hands, put their aprons on and got down to it,” Mr Godinho said.

“So we were still able to put 5000 meals out.”

FareShare in a not-for-profit community organisation that relies on donations from philanthropic foundations, businesses and private donors.

Mr Godinho said FareShare had insurance, but welcomed donations of new laptops.

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