Gift A Shift: Help Feed Our Vulnerable Workers

Sydney’s extended lockdown impacts all of us in many ways,  however many shift workers from vulnerable communities are currently unable to work and feed their families. 

From our local baristas, shop assistants, hairdressers, cleaners and beyond - our shift workers have kept our cities going throughout the pandemic. Now, it’s our turn to step up to help.

Deputy is partnering with PlateitForward  and Mirvac to raise funds to deliver 100,000 meals to those in need including casual, migrant and other minority groups of shift workers that are not eligible for government assistance during this lockdown.

In the past month alone, Deputy has seen a 92% drop in shifts scheduled for retail workers across Greater Sydney -  from hundreds of thousands of shifts to only seven thousand. It's a similar story within the hospitality sector with an 88% decline in scheduled shifts.

Witnessing this impact on small businesses and their staff first hand, our Deputy team had to take action and we need your help...

Join us over the next month to “Gift A Shift” by donating the equivalent of one day's work so that shift workers and their families can receive wholesome chef-cooked meals during these uncertain times.

As little as $10 will provide five hearty meals, $20 gives ten meals, $100 gives 50 meals and so it goes! Can you gift your shift? By giving little and large, together we can deliver 100,000 meals. 

Similar to many small businesses during the pandemic, social enterprise PlateitForward was launched after restaurateurs Shaun and Peter had to pivot their operations to stay afloat. Today, the pair hire community members who are ineligible for financial assistance to prepare meals to help tackle food insecurity. 

PlateitForward will prepare 100,000 wholesome meals in a commercial kitchen at Harbourside Shopping Centre,  generously donated by Mirvac. The meals will be distributed to shift workers and their families through community partners ranging from Settlement Services International, Bayside Care, Glebe Youth Service, Koolara Community Centre, Mission Australia, RedLink, Addison Road and The Haymarket Foundation.

All donations to this fundraiser will reach PlateitForward directly. For donors requesting tax-deductible receipts, PlateitForward will issue these directly. 

As Sydney’s outbreak continues to evolve, the fundraising needs and distribution of meals may change too. For any donations above and beyond the initial target of $230,000 - PlateitForward will call on additional support from like-minded organisations such as Two Good Co and Second Bite.

Follow PlateitForward to keep updated on thousands of meals reaching those in need.

Together, let's back our shift workers who are the backbone of our economy and ensure everyone can make it through this lockdown.

The PlateitForward Group has assembled with a simple mission, “To re-invent the definition of equal opportunity by providing food, education and employment opportunities to those most vulnerable in our local communities”. We are a multi-faceted, community-driven organisation providing food, cooking lessons, advanced kitchen training, qualifications, confidence and employment to Sydney’s disadvantaged community members. Our movement comes directly from those with lived experience and it’s these community members we employ to be part of the collective team to solve social change.

Deputy is on a mission to Simplify Shift Work™. The company streamlines scheduling, timesheets, tasks, and communication for over 260,000 business owners and their workers, providing millions of shift workers with more flexibility and control over their schedules and employers more efficiency in their operations. Additionally, Deputy navigates state-by-state legislation calculating correct wages, entitlements, and penalties to keep businesses compliant and employees protected. To learn more about Deputy, visit

All donations made to PlateitForward via this fundraiser are tax-deductible and attract an admin fee of 2.2% + 30 cents.

Donations (367)

  • Kirsty de Vallance
    • $20 
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  • Tanya Jackson-vaughan
    • $50 
    • 2 yrs
  • Anonymous
    • $500 
    • 2 yrs
  • Melissa Gage
    • $150 
    • 2 yrs
  • Fiona Ng
    • $100 
    • 2 yrs

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