SecondBite, Two More Food Rescue Organisations In Morningside Get Funding Boost

Morningside food rescue organisations SecondBite, Foodbank Queensland, and FareShare Australia, have all received grants which would be used to feed more people in need and also save food from landfill.

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The three are among the 10 food rescue organisations selected for the second round of the Food Rescue Grant program, which aims to help organisations across the state stop good food from ending up in landfill, and instead help Queenslanders in need.

The funding will help organisations purchase or upgrade infrastructure and equipment as well as hire important staff to help collect and distribute food.


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SecondBite, a national food rescue organisation with a location at Riverside Place in Morningside, will receive $491,639 to upgrade freezer infrasructure and purchase a 14-pallet truck to increase the distribution of meals in south-east Queensland. 

The organisation estimates that by June 2024, some 1701 tonnes of food will be saved from landfill with this funding.

Foodbank Queensland

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The organisation, which is currently based at Beverley St, will receive $408,096 to purchase a 6-pallet refrigerated vehicle and upgrade their coldroom, giving them the capacity to collect more food from their donors and distribute it through member charities and school breakfast programs. 

By June 2024, it’s estimated that some 141 tonnes of food will be saved from landfill with the help of this grant.

FareShare Australia

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Non-profit organisation FareShare, which has a location in Brisbane’s Morningside aside from the one in Melbourne, will receive $360,000 for specialised equipment, food ingredients and staff costs, to enable them to produce foods with an increased shelf-life, for distribution to south-east and regional Queensland. 

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FareShare estimates that by June 2024, they will be able to save around 75 tonnes of food from going to landfill with this funding.

To see the full list of the organisations which have received the funding for the second round of the Food Rescue Grant program, visit Queensland Government’s website.

Published 21-March-2023

FareShare Brisbane Opens Super Kitchen in Morningside

Just in time for the holiday festivities, FareShare Brisbane has opened the doors of its super kitchen in Morningside.

Comparable to the size of a basketball court, FareShare Brisbane’s kitchen facilities is currently southern hemisphere’s largest charity kitchen. This massive kitchen is capable of cooking 5,000 meals per day with the help of local volunteers and experienced chefs.

FareShare Brisbane

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FareShare Brisbane aims to cook more than one million free and nutritious meals in its first year of operation and further scale up to five million meals a year thereafter.

To help achieve this goal, around 400 Brisbane locals have already registered to be a volunteer in the charity kitchen since its official launch in October 2018. This number is still increasing as more individuals, schools, and groups of volunteers sign up to lend a hand.

FareShare is currently working with Foodbank Queensland, the largest food relief organisation in Queensland. Foodbank is the one supplying the kitchen with surplus meat and vegetables. They also distribute the cooked meals to vulnerable Queenslanders through their existing network of 280 registered charities.

The collaboration between the two organisations helps tackle both problems with food insecurity and food waste problem in Australia.

FareShare Brisbane is always open to more volunteers. Visit their website to register as a volunteer or to donate.


World Food Day Cocktail Fundraiser In Morningside

On 13 October 2018 from 6:30 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Foodbank Warehouse in Morningside, be a part of the World Food Day Cocktail Fundraiser by Foodbank Queensland.

Foodbank Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and the state’s biggest hunger relief program that serves as a pantry to charities and community groups who feed the hungry.

At this event, the city’s most iconic restaurants will be serving great food at the event such as:

Moda Restaurant

Offering popular Spanish staples — tapas and wine, Moda Restaurant is owned by Javier Codina. They are located on Petrie Terrace. Aside from tapas and wine, they also offer steaks and a delectable line-up of main dishes.

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Situated in the heart of Woolloongabba’s antique quarter, the restaurant is renowned for its Italian cuisine. They offer traditional hand-made pasta served with authentic Italian wines.

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Located in Fortitude Valley, Harvey’s serves up bistro-style meals on James Street. Tapas and their popular breakfasts and well-known, making them a total must-try!

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Other boutique brews will also be there from Newstead Brewing Company, MOET champagne, and a selection of fine wines.

The Havana Tropical Party Band will also be there to entertain you throughout the night. Get your dancing shoes on for some fun salsa dancing!

The funds raised at the event will be used to buy more food for Foodbank Queensland.

Tickets are priced at $150 each. You can get it here.

Australia’s Largest Charity Kitchen Opening in Morningside

Teaming up with Foodbank Queensland, the largest food relief organisation in Queensland, FareShare is getting ready to open its doors in Morningside.

Following their acquisition of the former biotech laboratory at 46 Steel Place in Morningside, Australia’s largest charity kitchen is only a few weeks away from cooking at its first location in Brisbane.

The $4.5 million custom-built, production kitchen is reportedly capable of carrying out FareShare’s goal of cooking five million meals a year by 2023.

Foodbank Queensland will work with FareShare in reducing food waste and providing healthy cooked meals for Queenslanders experiencing food insecurity. Together, the teams aim to cook 1.25 million meals in the first 12 months, gradually scaling up to reach their target goal.

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FareShare is now calling for Brisbane volunteers who will be willing to lend a helping hand in providing free and nutritious meals to those in need. Their new kitchen needs 300 volunteers to help in assisting their in-house chefs in preparing, cooking, and packing up meals.

The first shift at the kitchen will start in September 2018 prior to their official opening in October. Take note that volunteers must be at least 18 years old, unless part of a secondary school group.

Register to be a volunteer.

For more information and updates, visit FareShare’s website or Facebook page.

Help Fight Hunger @ Morningside’s World Food Day

Foodbank Queensland is inviting everyone to join their second Annual World Food Day to help fight hunger in Queensland and the rest of Australia. Foodbank Queensland is a part of Foodbank Australia, Australia’s largest food relief organisation. In Queensland alone, Foodbank has provided over 20,000 meals in 2016 and almost 8,000 meals in 2017, to date. World Food Day hopes to raise awareness of food insecurity in Queensland.

World Food Day is normally held every 16th day of October. However, Foodbank Queensland will hold their celebration of World Food Day on Sunday, the 15th of October.


Event Details

Date Sunday, 15 October
Time 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Venue Foodbank Queensland Warehouse
Tickets $150

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In Morningside, World Food Day celebrations will feature an evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. The main stage will be occupied by the Havana Tropical Band to set the cocktail theme and mood. There will be live and silent auctions of memorabilia and unique items.

Guests will be delighted by the exquisite cocktail dishes and drinks that will be served by Brisbane’s best restaurateurs and boutique breweries. They are also the “Diamond Sponsors” of the World Food Day.


Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

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Cha Cha Char promises an innovative dining experience as Brisbane’s signature steakhouse. Their wide range of high quality meats were sourced from local Australian producers. Their “Steak Menu” features different cuts of beef that were cooked from the traditional wood-fired grill.

Aside from the steak, Cha Cha Char also serves lighter meals. Their “A La Carte Menu” is inspired by both Asian and European cuisines. They’ll be serving their “special cocktail dishes” for the “special cocktail fundraiser”.


1889 Enoteca

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“Vera Cucina Romana” — 1889 Enoteca

One of the few restaurants that claim to serve “Real Roman Food,” 1889 Enoteca, like any other “enoteche” (wine repository) in Italy, combines a restaurant, a wine bar, a basement level cellar, and a small wine store. Their wine list focuses on natural wines and vintage wines that will make you think of the flavours of the bold, Tuscan countryside.


IL Centro

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IL Centro is one of Brisbane’s best restaurants at the Eagle Street Pier since 1992. They only use the freshest local produce to serve their “innovative modern Italian menu”. Their signature dish, Sand Crab Lasagne, will be served on the night of the event. The restaurant describes it as a modern Italian dish with a Queensland twist. This creamy crustacean dish is every patron’s favourite when they visit IL Centro.


Mr. & Mrs. G Riverbar

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Mr. & Mrs. G Riverbar is IL Centro owners’ welcoming bar, located just across IL Centro. Their Bar Team will be serving exotic new cocktails that will compliment the World Food Day’s cocktail fundraiser theme. They are also proud in serving “tapas-style” food menu that are tempting and heavenly to taste.


Jellyfish Restaurant

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Jellyfish, as its name suggests, specializes in serving the “best” seafood dishes in town. They aim to serve the best fish dishes that are oven baked, crispy fried, char-grilled, soda-battered, and citrus-crumbed. Jellyfish chefs are eager to complement these fish dishes with sauce and extensive range of side dishes. Luckily, the World Food Day guests can have a taste of their menu.


Moda Restaurant

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The Moda Restaurant is one of Brisbane’s most unique restaurants. Led by the famous Chef Javier Codina and front of house host, Francois Le Saveant, they combine rustic and contemporary cuisine to serve their unique menu. Moda provides exquisite dishes that can complement intimate dinners, soiree, and cocktail parties, including the World Food Day.


Newstead Brewing Co.

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Newstead Brewing Co. is one of the most iconic boutique breweries in Brisbane. Their operations started when they established the Newstead Brewing Co. in a 1940s steel warehouse on the Doggett Street back in 2013. Just this year, they already extended their market by establishing a production brewery and pub in Milton.

They will be serving their signature brews at the World Food Day and you may not want to miss this.

A shout out from Michael of Newstead Brewing Co. to come along to #WorldFoodDay! Get your tickets via and see you there!

Posted by Foodbank Queensland Ltd on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


World Food Day is a global initiative that aims to end hunger and poverty. Over 150 countries around the globe will be celebrating the World Food Day to commemorate the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an organisation that is dedicated to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

Visit Foodbank Queensland’s website for updates.

Events and Activities in Morningside this Week

Morningside will be filled with recreational activities and fundraising events this week. There will be a walking tour, camping, socialisation, and Raising Awareness days happening in the suburb this week. Here is a rundown of the events you should not miss.

Thursday, 12 October

Gold Coast Walk & Talk


  • $15 – Non-members
  • Complimentary for members

Time: 9:30 a.m.

Venue: Women’s Fitness Adventures Morningside

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Every Thursday, the Women’s Fitness Adventure Morningside hosts a “Thursday Walk & Talk”event for both members and non-members of the fitness club. This Thursday, they are inviting the Morningside community to join their “Gold Coast Walk & Talk” to explore the environment. The “Walk & Talk” is a fitness walk for everyone of any fitness level and a socialisation for the Morningside community to meet new friends.

No special fitness gear is required to join the event. Just wear a pair of joggers or comfy walking shoes and you’re good to go. Don’t forget to bring your water bottle and hat.


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Friday – Sunday, 13-15 October

Mother-Daughter Camping Weekend


  • $395 – Member
  • $524 – Non-member

Time: 6:00 p.m. on Friday

Venue: Scenic Rim, Queensland

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The Women’s Fitness Adventure in Morningside invites everyone to join their Mother-Daughter Camping Weekend of adventure and bonding. There will be mountain rock climbing, team challenges, swimming at the Split Rock waterhole, and nature walks. Strengthen your bond with the most important female in your life with this mother-daughter camp.

BYO breakfast, lunch, and snacks.


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Saturday, 14 October

World Food Day Cocktail Fundraiser

Tickets: $150

Time: 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Venue: Foodbank Queensland

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Foodbank Queensland is inviting everyone to join their Second Annual World Food Day Cocktail Fundraiser to help fight hunger in Australia. Brisbane’s most iconic restaurants Cha Cha Char, Enoteca, IL Centro, Jellyfish, and Moda Restaurant will be there to serve their signature dishes.

Aside from the food and drinks, the main stage will be occupied by the Havana Tropical Party Band to set the cocktail theme and mood. It will also be a night of live and silent auctions of memorabilia and unique items.


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Saturday, 14 October

Mini-Field of Women and Come & Try Day

Time: 6:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Venue: Colmslie Beach Reserve

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The Dragons Abreast Brisbane will hold a Mini-Field of Women event  to pay tribute to all women affected by breast cancer in the community. Dragons Abreast Brisbane is a part of the Dragons Abreast Australia, a dragon boating group of breast cancer survivors of different age groups and athletic abilities. They are dedicated to promoting breast cancer awareness, while being involved in challenging physical activities.


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