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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.