Thanks to the fabulous work being done by our Grow, Cook, Share Coordinator and Food Ambassador, Bridget Bently, and Operations Manager, Annie Constable, we are collecting more fresh produce and better quality surplus groceries than ever before.

As we all know, it’s important to eat a wide range of foods with sufficient high-quality proteins, carbohydrates, heart-healthy fats, vitamins, minerals and water to maintain a healthy body and lifestyle.

The diminishing ability of low-income families to pay for healthy food is consigning the least well-off in our community to a greater risk of diet-related illness, such as obesity and diabetes, as well as widening health inequalities.

By actively increasing our supplies of fresh fruit, vegetables and bread, we’ve been able to boost the amount of healthy food available for our partners to give to their clients by increasing our maximum order limits significantly.

Agencies can also replenish their stores more than once per week by simply completing a second picklist.

This means there’s more fresh nutritious produce available for people experiencing food insecurity and more choice for low-income earners who still want to provide a healthy diet for their families.

With the influx of food, we’re also seeking new not-for-profit partners and schools to work with us to distribute food in new areas and communities throughout Central Victoria, including into the more rural parts of our region. Please contact us if you want to get involved.