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We need YOUR help to fight food poverty

Can you imagine going home tonight and not having enough food for your hungry family?
It’s likely many of us can, having felt this even for just a minute during the pandemic … the snap lockdowns, days of panic buying, having to self isolate after a covid test … the feelings of stress, worry, uncertainty are still raw.

Now imagine going to the supermarket with the shelves full of things and still not being able to buy them because you have no money. Or not being able to get to the shops because you have no transport.

Thank you to our amazing Volunteers!

This week is National Volunteer Week from the 17th – 23rd May and we here at Bendigo Foodshare want to celebrate all our amazing volunteers and the work they do for us and the community!

Throughout the week we have been celebrating our volunteers achievements big and small! To say a BIG thanks, we put on lunches for our volunteers throughout the week.

Our volunteers are an extremely important part of Bendigo Foodshare, simply put, we could not do the work we do without them. From picking to packing, admin, driving, sorting fruit and veg, forklift driving,

Castlemaine Secondary College kitchens fired up for Bendigo Foodshare

Bendigo Foodshare’s new schools cooking program is bringing fun to the classroom, teaching important skills and helping to reduce food insecurity for young people across our region.

Thanks to StreetSmart Australia’s #SmartMeals program, students at Castlemaine Secondary College have spent the past two weeks cooking delicious meals in their school kitchen, which have come back to us at Bendigo Foodshare to support our food relief efforts.

The program links in with existing curriculum within the VCAL program, allowing students to meet specific outcomes from planning, preparing and cooking meals – and then contributing to community through donating the meals back to our organisation.

Mission Possible: Bendigo Foodshare celebrates large local donation

Bendigo Foodshare is in ‘critical need’ for a new home and is appealing to the community for help so more than 12,000 people across central Victoria can supported with food relief each week.

Named “Mission Possible”, the campaign seeks to raise $1.8M to fit out a larger warehouse and create a community food hub at the organisation’s new headquarters at 123 Garsed Street, Bendigo.

Bendigo Foodshare Manager Bridget Bentley said the campaign had attracted $1.4 million so far, but it still needed an additional $400,000 to complete the community food hub. The hub will include social supermarket,

Bendigo Foodshare launches Mission Possible Campaign!

Mission Possible: Bendigo Foodshare calls for community support to raise $1.8M for new home and community food hub.

  • Critical need for $1.8 million home and community food hub for Bendigo
  • Demand for food relief has increased by 30%
  • Overwhelming generous support to date

Bendigo Foodshare is in ‘critical need’ for a new home and is appealing to the community for help so more than 12,000 people across central Victoria can be fed each week.

Named “Mission Possible”, the campaign seeks to raise $1.8M to fit out a larger warehouse and create a community food hub at the organisation’s new headquarters at 123 Garsed Street,

Bendigo Foodshare’s Hungry for Change Appeal

More information about Bendigo Foodshare and the ongoing work they do for people experiencing food poverty can be found at www.bendigofoodshare.com.au.

Help Bendigo Foodshare achieve our ‘Mission Possible’ of a new home and community food hub to tackle food poverty in Central Victoria!

Bendigo Foodshare has announced an exciting new fundraising event, Bendigo Foodshare’s Hungry for Change Appeal.

Scheduled for the weekend of April 23 – 25, the event is designed to raise funds for Bendigo Foodshare’s new warehouse, create fun for the Bendigo Community, while supporting local restaurants,

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.