Community rallies to fight food poverty in Greater Bendigo
This May, People across the region are being urged to donate, host an event or buy a bowl of soup to support Bendigo Foodshare as part of its annual Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May campaign.
In 2019, Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May will incorporate the inaugural Soupfest – a grassroots solution to food poverty, empowering the community to help local people struggling to put meals on the table by hosting a soup themed fundraising event in May.
Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May and Soupfest will run from May 1 – 31.
To register a business as a Souper Site or host a Million Meals in May community fundraiser visit www.bendigofoodshare.org.au to download your free host kit.
Bendigo residents unable to host an event can still get involved by finding a Soupfest Souper site poster identifying participating venues; looking for public events in your area, donating directly to Bendigo Foodshare via www.bendigofoodshare.org.au/donate or by making a donation at the nearest Bendigo Bank branch.
Bendigo Foodshare ambassador seeks to reach farmers struggling with dry conditions
Bendigo Foodshare’s agricultural ambassador, Brett Collins is a fifth-generation farmer at Bridgewater and Jarklin. He knows firsthand the impact drought, low yields and high water and fuel prices can have on farming communities.⠀
Despite this week’s rain, Brett wants to remind people that it will take above average rainfall in winter and spring to make up for the recent dry and for some farms will take years to recover.
Foodshare support delivered at St Liborius Primary School in Eaglehawk
Asking for help can be tough, but an Eaglehawk’s St Liborius Primary School has found a small change to how it delivers food support has made it much easier for families in need.
The Eaglehawk Catholic primary school supplies food to about 12-15 families at any one time.
Donations keep rolling in as fundraising comes to a close
Bendigo Foodshare’s Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May appeal has reached its end, but that hasn’t stopped local donors, with contributions to the appeal still rolling in ahead of the end of the financial year.
Counting is still in progress, but to date, almost $56,500 has been raised by the Bendigo and Castlemaine communities toward the ambitious $65,000 fundraising target which, if achieved, will cover the not-for-profit’s operating costs for the next 12-months.
A generous $5,000 donation from the Bendigo City Masonic Lodge and the Freemasons Foundation of Victoria helped the appeal reach the exciting milestone, leaving less than $9,000 left to raise.