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Hours of Operation

8am to 12pm Monday, Tuesday
8am to 11am Wednesday
9am to 12pm Thursday

Emergencies only Monday and Friday

Please phone 03 5444 3409 to check if we can help.

About Us

Bendigo Foodshare is a charitable organisation that rescues donated and surplus food to feed more than 12,485 local people each week via food distributions to local charities, community groups and schools.

How does Bendigo Foodshare get food to people in need?

Just like our donors, the recipients of our food are everyday people: hard-working families struggling with unforeseen circumstances, individuals who’ve fallen on hard times, farming communities hit hard by drought and students in part-time employment trying to make ends meet.

To make sure people across Central Victoria and Greater Bendigo can access food when they need it most, we work with almost 90 not-for-profit groups that distribute the food on our behalf, including:

  • Charitable organisations
  • Community groups
  • Schools and early learning centres
  • Service Clubs

For further information on where to access emergency food relief in Greater Bendigo please visit the City of Greater Bendigo website.

What region does Bendigo Foodshare support?

The region we service extends beyond the city of Bendigo to Kyneton, Castlemaine, Heathcote, Rochester, Echuca, Beaufort, Boort, Girgarre and further afield.

Where does Bendigo Foodshare get its food?

The food we collect is primarily surplus food that is would otherwise have gone to landfill from a wide range of food businesses, such as:

  • Supermarkets and food retailers
  • Hospitality businesses
  • Food manufacturers
  • Agricultural businesses and growers

We work closely with these partners, their staff and our volunteers, to make sure the food we rescue and redistribute is suitable for human consumption and meets stringent food safety standards.

The type of food we have in stock varies from week to week, but regularly includes fruit and vegetables, meat, cooked meals and prepacked items, dry goods, bread and baked goods, drinks, dairy and eggs.

How does Bendigo Foodshare operate?

To run Bendigo Foodshare, we need to raise enough funds to cover the cost of warehousing, power for lights, fridges and freezers, staff wages, delivery van and forklift running costs.  We do this with the help of local business sponsors, philanthropic grants, grassroots fundraising events and charitable donations from people and groups across the region. View of our generous sponsors and supporters.

We are also helped by the big-hearted support of more than 300 unpaid volunteers, three staff members and a board of volunteer directors.  Learn more about volunteering at Bendigo Foodshare.

Bendigo Foodshare is a registered charity with Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status. Donations to Bendigo Foodshare of $2 or more are tax-deductible. Our is ABN 80 673 290 971.

Our Patron

Mayor Margaret O’Rourke

Our Board

Cathie Steele (Chair)
Michael Armstrong (Vice-Chair)
Greg Noonan (Treasurer)

Margaret Keech
Dean Murphy
Peter Goffin

Christine Howard
Helen Musk

Our Staff

Bridget Bentley
Manager

Annie Constable
Warehouse Coordinator

Stephanie Flynn
Marketing and Fundraising

Who we distribute food to

Agencies

ACCESS AUSTRALIA GROUP

ANGLICARE – HOMELESSNESS

ANGLICARE – MOTHER GOOSE

ATISHA CENTRE

AUSTRALIA HELP LTD

AVOCA COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY

BENDIGO & DISTRICT ABORIGINAL CO-OPERATIVE

BENDIGO BAPTIST COMMUNITY CARE INC

BENDIGO COMMUNITY HEALTH SERVICES

BENDIGO FAMILY & FINANCIAL SERVICES INC

BENDIGO REGIONAL YMCA

CASTLEMAINE CHURCH OF CHRIST

CONNECT CHURCH BENDIGO

CROSSENVALE COMMUNITY HOUSE

CROSSENVALE COMMUNITY HOUSE – REDGUM CENTRE

EAGLEHAWK COMMUNITY HOUSE INC

EAGLEHAWK UNITING CHURCH FOOD & CARE

ECHUCA COMMUNITY CHURCH RELIEF CENTRE

EMBRACE CHURCH INC

FOODCARE 3556

GIRGARRE COMMUNITY GROUP INC

GIVING & LIVING OP SHOP – BEISCHER

GOOD GRUB CLUB DAYLESFORD

HEADSPACE

HEATHCOTE FOOD SHARE INC

IMPACT RECOVERY LTD

INGLEWOOD COMMUNITY KITCHEN

INGLEWOOD COMMUNITY NEIGHBOURHOOD HOUSE

KANGAROO FLAT COMMUNITY GROUP INC

KINGDOM GENERATION MINISTRIES LTD

KYABRAM COMMUNITY & LEARNING CENTRE

KYNETON CARING COMMUNITY

LODDON CAMPASPE MULTICULTURAL SERVICES INC

MATCHWORKS – BENDIGO

MIND AUSTRALIA

PYRENEES COMMUNITY FOOD PANTRY – BEAUFORT

ROCHESTER COMMUNITY HOUSE

SALTWORKS

ST MATTHEWS CHURCH LONG GULLY

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – BENDIGO ASSISTANCE CENTRE

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – CASTLEMAINE

ST VINCENT DE PAUL – KANGAROO FLAT

THE SALVATION ARMY – BENDIGO

THE SALVATION ARMY – CASTLEMAINE

THE SALVATION ARMY – MARYBOROUGH

UNITING BENDIGO

UNITING KANGAROO FLAT

VAHLAND COMMUNITY CARE UNITS – BENDIGO HEALTH

VICTORIAN BLUE LIGHT YOUTH CAMP INC

VICTORY CHURCH (APOSTOLIC CHURCH AUST)

WATER 2 ALL

WEDDERBURN COMMUNITY

Schools

BENDIGO PRIMARY SCHOOL

BENDIGO SENIOR SECONDARY COLLEGE

BENDIGO SOUTH EAST COLLEGE

BENDIGO STUDENT ASSOCIATION

BENDIGO TAFE – BTEC

BENDIGO TAFE – CITY CAMPUS

BOORT DISTRICT SCHOOL

CALIFORNIA GULLY PRIMARY SCHOOL

CAMPBELLS CREEK PRIMARY SCHOOL

CASTLEMAINE SECONDARY COLLEGE

CRUSOE COLLEGE

EAGLEHAWK PRIMARY SCHOOL

EAGLEHAWK SECONDARY COLLEGE

EAST LODDON P-12 COLLEGE

ELMORE KINDERGARTEN

EPPALOCK PRIMARY SCHOOL

GOLDEN SQUARE PRIMARY SCHOOL

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING – BENDIGO

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING – FLORA HILL

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING – GOLDEN SQUARE

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING – KANGAROO FLAT

GOODSTART EARLY LEARNING – STRATHFIELDSAYE

HAVILAH ROAD PRESCHOOL

HELM STREET PRESCHOOL – SHINE BRIGHT

HOLY ROSARY HEATHCOTE

HOLY ROSARY PRIMARY SCHOOL – WHITE HILLS

HUNTLY PRIMARY SCHOOL

LIGHTNING REEF PRIMARY SCHOOL

MARIST COLLEGE BENDIGO

MARYBOROUGH EDUCATION CENTER

NORTH BENDIGO PRESCHOOL

PYRAMID HILL COLLEGE

QUARRY HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

RUSHWORTH P-12 COLLEGE

SPECIMEN HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL

ST LIBORIUS PRIMARY SCHOOL

ST PETERS PRIMARY SCHOOL

WEEROONA COLLEGE BENDIGO