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DoorDash partners with food charity FareShare to help feed workers

The platform will provide a free meal to someone in need for every food order made via the app or online until 20 August.

DoorDash has partnered with food charity FareShare to help feed workers in Melbourne, which has been under Stage 4 lockdown due to the coronavirus crisis.

Until 20 August, the delivery platform will provide a free meal to someone in need for every food order made via the app or online.

FareShare estimates it has provided more than 200,000 cooked meals for international students and visa workers in Melbourne during the pandemic, with a further spike in demand since the second lockdown.

Thousands of FareShare meals are feeding international students from Monash, Melbourne and CQ Universities each week, whilst community groups have also sprung up to support struggling students.

It has also nearly doubled the production of meals since the start of the outbreak, cooking around 9,000 free meals a day from its Abbotsford kitchen. To meet demand from communities impacted, FareShare has also employed more than 100 chefs, many of them visa holders.

“So many Melburnians are doing it tough right now and our city’s normally lively hospitality industry is in crisis with thousands of workers laid off. Partnering with DoorDash allows us to reach even more vulnerable people, including international students and visa workers, who are relying on FareShare’s free, nutritious meals to get by and stay healthy,” FareShare CEO Marcus Godhinho said.

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