COMMUNITY | Staff Reporter, Australia

DoorDash responds to Melbourne snap lockdown with FareShare partnership

The lockdown is expected to cost $30 million in food waste.

In response to the snap lockdown in Melbourne, DoorDash has teamed up with food charity, FareShare to help save excess fresh produce from being thrown away.

The delivery firm said it will be working with FareShare over the lockdown period to collect and deliver any produce donations “which would otherwise be going to waste and ensure it can be turned into hearty meals for those in need.”

“Melbourne restaurants have made enormous investments in preparation to cater for thousands of people this Valentine’s Day, Lunar New Year and Australian Open. Through our partnership with FareShare, we hope to lessen the damaging impact on our hospitality industry, by using our vast network of drivers to collect and deliver fresh produce, which would otherwise be thrown away,” DoorDash Australia enterprise partnerships head Chase Gardner said in a statement.

With thousands of restaurants forced to close, Melbourne’s snap lockdown is expected to cost $30 million in food waste, along with millions more in revenue loss from cancelled reservations.

“The snap lockdown is devastating for hospitality businesses across Melbourne and our state, particularly after the challenging year we’ve had. It’s great to be working with DoorDash to repurpose as much surplus fresh food as possible, so FareShare can cook it into free nutritious meals for Victorians doing it tough,” FareShare corporate partnerships director Toni Hetherington added. 

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