Bendigo Foodshare Inc. commenced operation in 2013. It is a not-for-profit organisation, governed by a Board of up to 9 members. A CEO and a small group of staff supported by around 250 volunteers operate a seven-day service that sources, rescues donated and surplus food and distributes it to thousands of people each week via local charities, community groups and schools across Central Victoria.
Over 200 amazing central Victorian businesses currently donate funds and food to Bendigo Foodshare. Food comes from local businesses and state-wide agencies, although this is dependent on food availability. During the COVID 19 pandemic and the more recent floods we received funds from the Victorian Government to purchase food to supplement the ever-increasing demand for food. The Victorian State Government has recognised that the number of people seeking support has grown considerably and that Bendigo Foodshare is named as an Essential Service.
Bendigo Foodshare services extend across Central Victoria from the City of Bendigo to Kyneton, Castlemaine, Heathcote, Rochester, Echuca, Beaufort, Boort, Girgarre and further afield.