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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.

Bendigo Foodshare volunteers loading a van with food

Demand for food relief leads to a seven-day service

We’re pleased to hear Heathcote Foodshare has secured a truck much sooner than anticipated.

The past few days have shown us the need for food relief is growing and there’s enough demand to implement a seven-day surplus food collection and re-distribution service.

So, we have decided to move forward with plans to expand our operations to make sure the most vulnerable people in Central Victoria have access to safe, reliable, good-quality food when they need it most.

Car event raises food and funds for Bendigo Foodshare

A ‘SHOW Off Your Pride and Joy’ car event has helped raise about 300 kilograms of food for Bendigo Foodshare.

The October 10 event drew a diverse mix of classic car and motorycle owners and others just keen to support a worthy cause.

Daryl Lynch, who co-ordinated the event with fellow Bendigo TAFE diploma of community services student Maddie McCartin, said they were happy with the response.

The pair were moved to organise the fundraiser after learning Bendigo Foodshare was experiencing a shortage of supplies.

Each year, Foodshare volunteers help distribute much needed food to more than 80 groups across central Victoria,

Thank you to Bendigo Foodshare Charity Golf Day Sponsors and Teams

A BIG thank you to our fantastic sponsors and the teams who took part in our Charity Golf Day on 9th October.

Pictured above is Viatek who took out the Bendigo Foodshare First Prize for Best Net Score.

Congratulations to the winning teams at the Bendigo Golf Club

A Big Shout Out to all our Sponsors who made this fun fundraising day possible:

Viatek, our major sponsor

Balgownie Wines

Spring Gully Hotel

The Malayan Orchid

Murray River Paddlesteamers

Traveland

Dorcas Quest Apartments

Our Supporters:

Forklift Donation from Topend Training

A country Victoria-based business has extended Bendigo charity group Foodshare a lifeline with the donation of a forklift.

Ouyen-based training organisation Top End Training gifted the machine to the organisation which distributes food directly to local relief agencies.

Foodshare administration and food rescue manager Fay Barrett said the organisation’s old forklift was ready for retirement. “If it was an animal, it would have been euthanased a long time ago,” she said.

She was moved to tears by the generosity of Top End Training director Bill Morrish, the man she calls “Santa Claus”.

Giving The Gift of Food to Central Victorians This Christmas

One in nine people in Central Victoria will not have enough food to last them through the Christmas period this year.

Bendigo Foodshare sources and distributes over 1,000,000kg of food to Central Victorians annually. This Christmas Bendigo Foodshare wants you share in the gift of changing the lives of people living in poverty in Central Victoria.

Bendigo Foodshare is proud to offer the opportunity to give the gift of food to our communities with two gift cards available. One gift card valued at $25 will provide food for a Central Victorian family of four for a month.