Last month we reported that pay-as-you-feel restaurant, Lentil As Anything, was at risk of permanent closure – and urgently needed to raise $150,000 to avoid going into administration.

The social enterprise provides meals to the hungry using a payment system where patrons can “pay as they feel”, or via gifts of labour or skills. But after spending 20 years helping those in need – across locations in Melbourne and Sydney – Lentil As Anything needed our help.

The team set up a Go Fund Me page – titled “Save Lentil As Anything” – to combat the “serious monetary shortfalls and large historic debt”. And the response was overwhelming.

The original goal of $150,000 has been smashed out of the ballpark. At the time of publishing, there have been almost $350,000 in donations from more than 6000 people.

“We are feeling so touched and overwhelmed by your generosity … From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for saving Lentil from the pandemic,” a statement on the Go Fund Me page reads.

“You have given us a way to continue our never-more-critical food relief and social impact programs, and avoid going into administration.”

While the fundraising goal has been well surpassed, the Go Fund Me campaign will remain active. The initial $300,000 will help guard against the imminent threat of administration, while all additional donations will go towards social programs, including food relief, until the restaurants can reopen.

Donate to Lentil As Anything’s Go Fund Me campaign here.