Melbourne man’s kind act feeds 1000 people


Matthew Kneller has free meals waiting for collection on his front lawn at 16 Maddock St, Footscray, in Melbourne’s inner-west.

The initiative has been going on for nearly two months, all out of Mr Kneller’s own pocket, to help people who have lost their livelihoods during the lockdown.

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Mr Kneller has made hundreds, maybe even thousands of meals.Source:Instagram

“This fridge lives outside my place at 16 Maddock st Footscray,” Mr Kneller posted on Instagram, which has since been shared on other community pages.

“You don’t have to msg (sic) or ask, u can just grab what you want.

“It is stocked w/ free meals for anyone, there are no prerequisites for using it.”

In the first month, Mr Kneller handed out 500 free meals. Altogether, he reckons he’s distributed over 1000 meals.

Even with lockdown restrictions easing, “We … ain’t stopping anytime soon,” he said.

This humble looking front yard is where the magic happens.

This humble looking front yard is where the magic happens.Source:Supplied

He’s been making an assortment of meals, including curries, stews, ferments, dips, noodles and rice dishes.

The fridge has also become a good way for grassroots organisations to find those in need, according to Mr Kneller. He’s been able to help all kinds of different people including the homeless, international students, squats, healthcare workers and more.

The initiative has received a huge amount of community support.

The initiative has received a huge amount of community support.Source:Instagram

And Mr Kneller didn’t stop there; he even plans to get his own delivery service going, to help people who are stranded at home.

“If you know of people that are struggling let me know and I’ll organise a drop-off,” he added.

Mr Kneller makes all kinds of meals that are affordable but also nutritious.

Mr Kneller makes all kinds of meals that are affordable but also nutritious.Source:Instagram

Just yesterday, Mr Kneller started a GoFundMe campaign to help reach more people in need.





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