Melbourne resident gives out free food in his front yard fridge to help those in need

A Melbourne local has set up a fridge out the front of his house filled with homemade, free meals available “for anyone” in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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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“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.

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.

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.

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

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