A country Victoria-based business has extended Bendigo charity group Foodshare a lifeline with the donation of a forklift.
Ouyen-based training organisation Top End Training gifted the machine to the organisation which distributes food directly to local relief agencies.
Foodshare administration and food rescue manager Fay Barrett said the organisation’s old forklift was ready for retirement. “If it was an animal, it would have been euthanased a long time ago,” she said.
She was moved to tears by the generosity of Top End Training director Bill Morrish, the man she calls “Santa Claus”.
One in nine people in Central Victoria will not have enough food to last them through the Christmas period this year.
Bendigo Foodshare sources and distributes over 1,000,000kg of food to Central Victorians annually. This Christmas Bendigo Foodshare wants you share in the gift of changing the lives of people living in poverty in Central Victoria.
Bendigo Foodshare is proud to offer the opportunity to give the gift of food to our communities with two gift cards available. One gift card valued at $25 will provide food for a Central Victorian family of four for a month.
Bendigo Foodshare could not function without volunteers.
Our service relies on volunteers to keep the service going. Here are some facts and figures about our volunteer team:
We have over 20 volunteers in our work force, their jobs are varied and many including:
- All the unloading of produce
- Stacking and packing of produce.
- Cleaning of the warehouse
- Stock rotation
- Deliveries across central Victoria.
- All stock is ordered by volunteers
- Volunteers rescue all food.
- Our board is made up of 7 volunteers who do all the planning,
Come along and raise awareness of the everyday need in Central Victoria, at our fundraising launch.
Wednesday 8th of October 12pm – 1pm, on the lawn next to the Bendigo Library.
We will be sharing stories of how Bendigo Foodshare works and of the wonderful people who support us. Bring your friends and colleagues to show you care about reducing food poverty in our community.
All are invited. Free to attend. RSVP
Your donation counts – for every $1 donated we can provide food for 16 healthy meals.
We are amazing at providing food to the region’s most disadvantaged. Food that would have otherwise have gone to waste.
What we are learning to do better is get our story out into the community. Did you know that one in nine people in Victoria do not have enough food to last them a week? These people are our neighbors, friends, and family.
Peter Bull, who’s General Manager of Viatek Central Victoria, says Bendigo Foodshare aims to reduce food poverty by distributing food to charities, community organisations and schools throughout Central Victoria.
“It’s a not-for-profit group, run by volunteers. Some of the not-for-profit organisations they provide food to are actually clients of ours, such as the Salvation Army and some of the schools. The schools have food available for children who often don’t get breakfast at home and don’t have lunch to take to school.
“Bendigo Foodshare does a fantastic job. Their monthly throughput is now 90 tonne.
THE numbers reveal all: many people in the Bendigo community are getting by on very little.
An astounding 25 per cent of City of Greater Bendigo residents have experienced a food crisis in the past 12 months.
They have run out of food and not been able to afford more, the council’s 2014 Well-being survey reveals.
Member for Bendigo Lisa Chesters said has previously said 30 per cent of Bendigo households lived on an income of less than $600 per week,