food poverty

Our Ambassador Network on ABC Central Victoria

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.

Our new ambassador program is aiming to raise awareness about food poverty in Bendigo.  Our Manager Ray and ambassador Peter Bull of Viatek were interviewed by ABC Central Vic.

Thanks to Viatek

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.

Helping People in Need

This article was published in The Bendigo Advertiser on Saturday 7 September 2014

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,