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Specimen Hill Primary trials food pantry

SPECIMEN Hill Primary School is trialling a food pantry for the school community in an effort to tackle food insecurity.

With the help of Bendigo Foodshare, the school is making fresh foods and non-perishable essentials available to those in need.

The school previously provided food hampers to families it knew were struggling.

Assistant principal Jac Louttit said the COVID-19 pandemic had highlighted the need within the school community and prompted the school to think differently about how it made food available.

Instead of phoning to request a hamper, families are able to take what they need from the pantry when visiting the school.

Birthday Donations on Facebook!

Did you know you can create a Birthday Facebook Fundraiser for Bendigo Foodshare?

Setting up a Facebook fundraiser is as easy as selecting Bendigo Foodshare from a drop down list of charities, setting a fundraising goal, writing a post encouraging your friends to donate (Facebook even provides a handy template) and clicking “create”.¬†Facebook even prompts you to set one up a few weeks before your birthday, with a notification in your feed. More info can be found here

Want to donate direct instead? Check out our donations page here. Of course if you can’t provide funds we are always happy to get new volunteers!

YouFoods taking on youth food issues in 2021

Did you know that 71% of local young people who completed our youth poverty survey last year have experienced food insecurity in the last two years? And that despite that high number, only 12% had actually accessed food relief from a food bank or charity?

Bendigo Foodshare wants to change that – and that’s why we’ve launched a new project, YouFoods. Across 2021, we’ll work with local agencies, organisations and schools at a grassroots level to tackle youth food insecurity, and create engaging and relatable food relief initiatives to break barriers, grow awareness and skills and uphold dignity.

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,

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.