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BFS team at the new location

Exciting New Warehouse Plans!

We are very excited to share the Bendigo Foodshare Board approved plans for the warehouse fit-out at 123 Garsed Street! As you can see it is going to be an amazing space that will help us provide greater food relief across Central Victoria.

We would like to give a massive thanks to Y2 Architects for all of their pro-bono support in finalising these plans for the new site.

This build is supported by the City of Greater Bendigo, Victoria State Goverment and Kirkland Lake Gold.

If yiu would like to support us in our new build please get in touch to find out how!

How to watch out for fruit fly

The wet summer has led to a bad season for fruit fly in Bendigo and surrounds.

Queensland fruit fly (QFF) has been found in Harcourt, Harcourt North, Castlemaine and Campbells Creek. This problem can be contained if we all work together.

At Bendigo Foodshare, we encourage backyard growers to share their excess fruit and veggies with us. Before donating, please check your fruit carefully to ensure there are no fruit fly.

To find out more about managing this nasty pest, visit Mount Alexander council’s Fruit Fly information page here.

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.

Bendigo's Biggest Takeaway

Takeaway event to support business and fight food poverty

Bendigo Foodshare has announced an exciting new fundraising event, Bendigo’s Biggest Takeaway.

Scheduled for the weekend of September 25 – 27, the inaugural event was designed to raise funds for the food relief charity, create fun for the Bendigo community and support local restaurants, pubs, cafes and takeaway food outlets impacted by COVID-19. 

Bendigo’s Biggest Takeaway fundraising model encourages local food lovers to:

1. Order food at a participating takeaway venue

2. Donate to Bendigo Foodshare

3. Show your local takeaway some love

4. Join an online event or socially distanced party at home

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Bendigo Foodshare launches food drive to feed hungry locals

Bendigo Foodshare has kicked-off a month-long effort to fight hunger in Central Victoria with a community food drive for non-perishable food items during November.

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.

Bendigo Foodshare Chair, Cathie Steele, said the organisation helped feed 12,400 people each week with donated, surplus and rescued food.

“We’re seeing food distress affecting an increasing number of people who aren’t unable to afford healthy food despite working or as a result of temporary financial stress or unforeseen emergency,” said Ms Steele.

Bendigo Foodshare volunteers

Wanted: Weekend Volunteers

As a grassroots organisation, we rely on the generosity of a dedicated group of volunteers.

To staff the additional demands of a seven-day service, we’re asking community members to volunteer their time at our Long Gully warehouse on Saturdays or Sundays.

Our core group of existing volunteers are a hard-working bunch, and we are keen not to overload them with additional work.

So, we’re asking people to consider donating a few hours of their time each week to help with tasks such as collecting food from supermarkets and supplied, working in the warehouse and making deliveries.