Local supermarket, Champions IGA, has donated over $11,000 to Bendigo Foodshare to support their food relief operations across Central Victoria.

The donation has been made possible through IGA’s Community Chest Program where funds from local purchases are donated back into local community organisations.

Champions IGA CEO Michael Zervakis said “when customers purchase certain products from their local Long Gully, Kangaroo Flat, Heathcote or Strathfieldsaye stores the funds are accumulated over the year and donated to charity.”

Bendigo Foodshare CEO Michelle Murphy said as a charity, and a largely volunteer-run organisation, this donation makes a huge impact, helping with operating costs.

“Our charity isn’t immune from the financial strains so many Central Victorians are feeling at the moment, especially as fuel and electricity costs have risen, so to be able to allocate this money to where we need it most is a big relief,” Ms Murphy said.

“We rely so heavily on the support of our community, including our amazing business community, we simply couldn’t survive without their backing.

“Champions IGA have been a big supporter of ours since we started almost 10 years ago. Our vans rescue food from their stores, they help us purchase extra food when needed and are always supporting our community campaigns such as our Food Drives.”