Meet The Melbourne Team Hiring Hospo Workers Who Have Recently Lost Their Jobs

By Ben Tyers
30th Mar 2020


Melburnians are facing a range of hardship in the current climate, with a lot of hospitality workers that regularly keep us fed and watered losing their jobs completely.

Harrowing footage last week of lines outside Centrelink offices around Melbourne really hit hard in the guts. And left a lot of us wondering what we can do to help out.

Melbourne community project Fair Feed is doing just that, helping out.

Founded by chef Tom Jacobson—owner of Elsternwick's Smoke & Pickles—Fair Feed's mission is to help bring some hope and positivity to Melbourne's hospitality industry during the coronavirus pandemic.


The meals that Fair Feed provides don't hit hard on the hip pocket, with meals costing between $5 and $10. The menu is constantly changing and features people-pleasers alongside guest menus from Melbourne venues such as Pretty Little, Tulum, Colonel Tans (Revolver Upstairs), Jungle Boy, and guest chefs like Daniel Dobra.

Get stuck into Colonel Tan's penang lamb curry, Jungle Boy's jerk chicken, or Daniel Dobra's Dalmatian Croatian beef goulash. Top shelf meals for a ridiculously reasonable price.

Every level of the Fair Feed project is designed to support and stimulate the Melbourne hospitality community, with chefs, drivers, suppliers, and those isolating at home.

"We had one girl lose her (hospitality) job, the next day we had her onboarded, and she was out delivery meals for Fair Feed."

Tom and the Fair Feed team are open to contributions, so if you're keen to create a dish, get in touch with them on this email address. Fair Feed operates out of the Smoke & Pickles kitchen at 256 Glen Eira Road, Elsternwick.

Check out the full Fair Feed menu here.

Image credit: supplied

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