Community Partnerships

By partnering with some of Australia’s leading charities across food sustainability, health and housing, we believe we can make a real impact to people in need.
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country.

MCEC has supported OzHarvest since 2014, through the donation of food and through our employee giving program.

In 2019 MCEC redistributed 74,265 meals through OzHarvest's food rescue donation program.
Good Friday Appeal
The Good Friday Appeal has been raising money to enable The Royal Children’s Hospital to provide children with world class care since 1931.

2019 was MCEC’s sixth year of hosting the iconic Good Friday Appeal event, which raises vital funds to support the Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne.

MCEC spend twelve months planning for the event, with over 500 employees working across the week to ensure the Appeal is a great success. Many MCEC staff also generously donate their time to volunteer on the day.

The 88th Good Friday Appeal, raised a record-breaking total of $18,175,467.
Launch Housing
Launch Housing provides high quality housing, support, education and employment services to thousands of people across 14 sites in metropolitan Melbourne.

MCEC has supported Launch Housing (formerly Hanover Welfare Services) since 2012, providing financial donations, workplace giving and in-kind support.

Launched in 2018, the MCEC Launch Housing Employment Program provides casual work opportunities at MCEC to some of Launch Housing’s youth clients. The pilot program has seen a number of young people from the Education First Youth Foyers working across MCEC’s kitchen, retail and customer service teams, providing employment opportunities while they finish their studies.

In 2019, we introduced tap donation machines at Goldfields and Shed cafes to support Launch Housing. A simple tap of your credit or debit card will contribute $2 towards the purchase of PTV Travel Passes for people experiencing homelessness, as well as other essentials such as food, clothing, rent, furniture, education and employment assistance.

Your spare change, can become fare change.
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Starlight's mission is "to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families".

MCEC has been the Melbourne host venue for the annual Starlight Five Chefs Dinner, since 2012. The event is proudly sponsored and hosted by MCEC and raises vital funds to support the Starlight Children’s Foundation.

Over the years our kitchen has hosted a number of leading Victorian chefs, who have created dazzling five-course degustations in support of Starlight.

The dinner allows MCEC’s kitchen to work with some of the country’s leading culinary minds to deliver a menu for a very special cause.
Variety – the Children’s Charity
Variety – the Children’s Charity supports kids and families who are facing many challenges through sickness, disadvantage or living with special needs.

Our longest standing community partner, we have partnered with Variety since 1997, hosting the annual Variety Children Christmas Party for the past 22 years.

Over 5,000 children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs, attend the event every year, for many it’s the only celebration they experience at this time of year.