There is a rising need for food relief support in the Central Victorian region, particularly among young people. Bendigo Foodshare wanted to engage with local youth to understand what is happening on the ground and how to evolve the current model of food relief to better meet their needs. To read the report click here.
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
Bendigo Foodshare works with several businesses within Central Victoria; their support helps us collect more surplus food, expand our services and assist the growing number of Central Victorians struggling with food insecurity.
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.
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.