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More fresh food for better health outcomes

Thanks to the fabulous work being done by our Grow, Cook, Share Coordinator and Food Ambassador, Bridget Bently, and Operations Manager, Annie Constable, we are collecting more fresh produce and better quality surplus groceries than ever before.

As we all know, it’s important to eat a wide range of foods with sufficient high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

The diminishing ability of low-income families to pay for healthy food is consigning the least well-off in our community to a greater risk of diet-related illness, such as obesity and diabetes,

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Emergency Food Relief in Heathcote

To create a more sustainable model, local community groups have come together to develop a long-term plan to increase the Heathcote community’s access to fresh, nutritious food.

While Heathcote Foodshare may have closed its doors, residents can still access emergency food relief, vouchers or cooked meals, as they always have, from local groups including St Vincent De Paul and the Uniting Church.

Families with young children are encouraged to reach out to their local school, with Heathcote Primary School and Holy Rosary Primary School helping address the needs of pupils and their immediate family.

Heathcote Community House is home to a community garden,

Fosterville Gold Mine Sponsors Bendigo Foodshare

Golden grant to update safety at the shed

Thank kind-hearted folks at Kirkland Lake Gold’s Fosterville Gold Mine have made our volunteers at the shed very happy this winter with a $4,950 community grant to update date our safety equipment, including new safety boots, bollards and tyne spreaders for the forklift.

The mine has also come on board as the major sponsor of this quarterly newsletter, allowing us to continue to bring you the latest Bendigo Foodshare news and events each season.

Click here to learn more about Fosterville Gold Mine’s community other initiatives.

The current round of Fosterville Gold Mine community grants closes on September 23.

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Demand for food relief leads to a seven-day service

We’re pleased to hear Heathcote Foodshare has secured a truck much sooner than anticipated.

The past few days have shown us the need for food relief is growing and there’s enough demand to implement a seven-day surplus food collection and re-distribution service.

So, we have decided to move forward with plans to expand our operations to make sure the most vulnerable people in Central Victoria have access to safe, reliable, good-quality food when they need it most.

Bendigo Foodshare volunteers loading a van with food

Bendigo Foodshare increases services to ensure food relief continues to reach Heathcote, Axedale and Rochester

Starting this week, Bendigo Foodshare will increase its food collection and distribution services to ensure food relief continues to reach the communities of Heathcote, Axedale and Rochester after a vehicle owned by Heathcote Foodshare was involved in a traffic collision on Friday.


Bendigo Foodshare Vice Chair, Michael Armstrong said the Bendigo-based food relief agency was keen to help its peers in Heathcote during what was sure to be a difficult time for the community group.


“We were sad to hear our counterparts at Heathcote were involved in a road accident and now need to replace their delivery truck”,

Bendigo Foodshare raises 76,500 in 2019 appeal

Bendigo Food share smashes fundraising target to fight food poverty

Bendigo Foodshare’s annual fundraising appeal Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May officially came to a close in May but thanks to overwhelming support from our community, donations continued to flow in throughout June and early July bringing the official fundraising tally to more than $76,500.


The ambitious campaign included the launch of the inaugural Soupfest, which saw cafés, restaurants, schools and community groups host soup-themed fundraisers, while approximately 150 businesses across greater Bendigo and Castlemaine collected donations towards the appeal.


Bendigo Foodshare’s Chair Cathie Steele said the appeal had resonated strongly with local people,

win a weeks free groceries

Souper Dooper Food & Grocery Giveaway Terms & Conditions

Attention Central Victorians! Donate $5+ online in May and use the code #BBMMIM to win one of three ‘fridge and pantry fillers’ containing a week’s worth of food and groceries fit for a family of four.

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  • Click the link or visit www.bendigofoodshare.org.au/donate and donate $5+ before May 31.
  • Write #BBMMIM in next to your name on the donation form
  • See T&Cs at Bendigo Foodshare website.
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Prize packs have been specially donated by Bendigo Wholefoods,