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BFS team at the new location

Exciting News for Bendigo Foodshare!

The Labor Government has announced that they are investing $3.5 million to build regional food hubs to increase the capacity of food relief storage and distribution services in regional Victoria. Yesterday we were very excited to hear that Bendigo Foodshare has been named as one of the five successful applicants.

Our greatest need is a larger warehouse facility as we have outgrown our current premises. This funding announcement means we will get $400K towards the fit out of our proposed new premises in Garsed St Bendigo.
The cost of the fitout required for our new premises has been estimated at $1.2M,

Community Food Pantry receives $50,000 grant

Community Food Pantry announced as recipient of 2020 Bendigo Bank Social Investment Grants Program

Eight not-for-profit capacity building projects have today been announced as the recipients of Bendigo Bank’s 2020 Social Investment Grants, comprising a total of $288,000. The program, offered since 2014, is dedicated to supporting not-for-profit organisations create impact in their local communities.

From restoring the UNESCO World Heritage Daintree Rainforest in Far North Queensland to coordinating emergency food relief in regional Victoria, this year’s grant recipients will be making a profound impact on their communities.

Branden Barber, CEO of Rainforest Rescue said the support of Bendigo Bank was a real comfort and powerful boost in their delivery of a tree nursery to support restoration efforts in the Daintree Rainforest.

Mobile Christmas Food Pantry

Bendigo Foodshare is helping Bendigo families struggling to put food on the table over Christmas and the New Year by providing fresh produce, bread and household groceries free of charge. Click here for the full list of dates.

2020 Mobile Christmas Food Pantry Locations:

Eaglehawk Community House 19 Bright Street, Eaglehawk
Monday 21 December 2020 & Monday 4 January 2021

Uniting Care Kangaroo Flat 10 Camp Street, Kangaroo Flat
Tuesday 22 December 2020 & Tuesday 5 January 2021

Uniting Care Bendigo 25 Forest Street,

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Grow a Snake Bean Masterpiece!

It’s time for the ultimate summer growing competition – lets see your best Snake Bean creations!

Thanks to our friends at Hume and Iser Mitre 10 and Yates, we have 100 Snake Bean packets to distribute to get you growing!

Have some fun and grow them in the most creative way possible. Snake Bean cubby? Snake Bean vine? Snake Bean pictures? The choice is yours!

Share photos with us throughout, then, when they’ve matured after 8-10 weeks – send a photo of your entry to us and our team of expert gardeners will award a prize to the most creative design.

Events postponed due to COVID-19 pandemic

With great sadness, we must announce that following the Declaration of a State of Emergency in Victoria and federal announcement about non-essential mass gatherings, the following Bendigo Foodshare events are postponed until the COVID-19 pandemic has passed.

  • Million Meals in May – May 2020
  • SoupFest 2020 – May 2020
  • Annual Tin Rattle – March 21, 2020
  • Annual Cinema Night – August 2020

The core purpose of Bendigo Foodshare is to work together as a community to fight food poverty by sourcing food to be distributed to people in need via local organisations and schools.

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Food drive provides enough food for 2,800 meals for locals in need

Central Victorians have rallied to support Bendigo Foodshare’s community food drive, donating 1,410 kilograms of non-perishable food, which roughly equates to 2,800 meals for local people in need.

Recent statistics show that more than 25,000 people in the Bendigo region are living close to or below the poverty line, putting them at serious risk of food insecurity and hunger.

In 2019, Bendigo Foodshare supported more than 12,400 people each week with donated, surplus and rescued food with the help of almost 100 local charities, community groups, early learning centres and schools.

Bendigo Foodshare is particularly grateful to the organisations below that collected food on its behalf in November and December,