Our vision of a food hub is a centralised location where the community can come together to address food insecurity, share ideas, access locally grown produce and learn to cook, grow and share food.
The food hub model is not new and has been replicated in many other countries.
Food hubs provide an integrated approach that achieves multiple and long-lasting benefits, including:
- Increased access to and affordability of healthy, fresh and local produce for vulnerable and low-income residents
- Linking local producers to consumers and food businesses
- Training and employment opportunities for residents
- Business incubation opportunities for new entrepreneurs
- Urban renewal and regeneration
Why is Central Victoria getting a Food Hub?
The increasing demand for food relief across Central Victoria has seen Bendigo Foodshare needing to find a bigger space that is more easily accessed by the community to store and distribute food to those in need.
In 2015, the City of Greater Bendigo undertook a feasibility study (link to study) to establish a regional food hub in Bendigo.
Through the success of the Mission Possible funding campaign, Bendigo Foodshare has raised funds to build a new warehouse.