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2 photos side by side of Dave Grohl preparing food for The Big Umbrella charity in Melbourne. He wears a black t-shirt and black gloves.

Dave Grohl Feeds Hundreds of People Experiencing Homelessness in Melbourne

Foo Fighters legend Dave Grohl has taken some time out of his tour stop in Melbourne, Australia to feed hundreds of people experiencing homelessness.

According to The Big Umbrella Foundation, a charity providing hunger relief for people in need, the rock star put on an American-style barbecue involving an 18-hour marinating and cooking process. Yes, he cooked up pork ribs, pork butt and beef brisket with a team of helpers, then dished up the meals for over 450 people at Federation Square.

And if you happened to be in Melbourne that day, you’d know the city was sweltering in 36’C heat! But that didn’t stop Dave from hanging around for two hours, chatting to the crowd and taking photos with them too. Nat from the YouTube channel Nat’s What I Reckon was also on hand to help.

“The vibe was at an all time high at Fed Square for this very special one off lunch feast,” the charity shared on their official Instagram page, along with a series of photos from the event.

 

 

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“It will be a day ‘our friends on the streets’ will never forget as they brushed up against a rock legend and one of the nicest guys on the planet who genuinely cares for people in need. No words can fully capture the impact of this positive experience.”

So how exactly did this all come about? The Foundation’s Operations Manager Victoria Wilson tells CelebrityKind, “Dave wanted to offer his amazing cooking skills and resources hosting an American-style barbecue during his tour and he asked to be matched with a grassroots charity working directly with homeless and food insecure people. Frontier made the connection with The Big Umbrella and we collectively made the magic happen!”

She adds it was “the best barbecue lunch event we ever could have imagined,” explaining that generally servings of protein have to be limited due to costs. “But due to Dave’s generosity, there was an abundance of amazing meat, enough for people to have seconds and even third helpings. Many were also able to take food away in containers at the conclusion of the lunch.”

And yes, as you can imagine, he was “kind, chatty, and posed for masses of photos for those who recognised him and to the many who didn’t, he was completely humble and engaging. No one associated with the day will ever forget his kindness and generosity. He is so genuine… He is the real deal. The coolest and kindest dude ever.”

As always, it’s important to recognise the foundation’s consistent hard work. Operating since 2010, The Big Umbrella has provided over 320,000 meals to people in need using rescued food and produce. They’re currently preparing food hampers to distribute to families over the holiday season. (You can check out their work: thebigumbrella.org)

Oh, and by the way, this isn’t the first time Dave has put on an epic barbecue either – it’s kind of his thing! In March this year, the superstar hauled his very own smoker to nonprofit Hope of the Valley’s base in L.A. where he also fed over 400 people. 

“He was truly dedicated to serving the best meal he could possibly make,” the charity said at the time. “His contagious charisma spread through our sites, truly being a light through this harsh winter storm.”

(Feature Image Credit: courtesy The Big Umbrella) 

Nehal is an award-winning news presenter, author of "A Kids Book About Kindness Online" and founder of CelebrityKind. She has dedicated her career to creating connected and healthy spaces in the media. When she's not writing, you'll find Nehal hanging with family, dancing to Beyoncé, interpreting Taylor Swift lyrics or watching old eps of Oprah.