Catherine McAuley College (CMC) dedicated Term 4 in 2023 towards learning more about local food insecurity and supporting the work of Bendigo Foodshare. Throughout the school, they undertook a range of initiatives to support us, teaching the students about the importance of community service, empowering them to engage in positive change, and demonstrating the power of collective impact.

We think this is fantastic and want to share their great work with you!

  • The year 11 sustainability classes learnt more about our work and how we’re tackling food waste and food security in our region.
  • The junior leadership team raised $265, with which they purchased the freshest veggies from our Golden Gums Farm– the students harvested 35kg of veggies (valued at $450) and took these to the shed to the shed to donate.
  • A whole school food drive donated to us over 300kg of valuable pantry items.
  • The Year 7s participated in a Community in Action program – one class helped us plant veggie seedlings at the farm; another baked Christmas biscuits and made meals for food relief; and the third class created hampers using the food drive donations.
  • Over 50kg of fresh produce grown, harvested and donated from the CMC veggie patch.
  • A casual dress day with gold coin donation on the last day of school raised $2,116 for us!

Phew, what an incredible effort!

A huge thanks to CMC for tackling social injustice in our region with such positive action!