Here at Bendigo Foodshare we provide food to around 13,000 people every week.
We do this by distributing food to our 80+ food partners, which includes organisations, schools, kindergartens and community groups, who then distribute it on our behalf to those in our community who are doing it tough. This is done in many ways including:
- Community pantries
- Hot lunch programs
- School breakfast and lunch programs
- And many other creative ways.
Food insecurity is a major issue in Australia, affecting more than 36% of the population (Food Bank Hunger Report, 2023). It affects everyday people, dual-income families, single parents, university students, the elderly and everyone in between.
In recent years, we have seen a 40-60% increase in the demand for food relief across our region, mostly due to the ongoing effects of the pandemic, floods, interest rate rises and the increased cost of living.
Through our Grow Cook Share Food Hub
we are also tackling food insecurity by going to the root of the problem. We do this by building capacity in our young people by –
Increasing their knowledge of food poverty, food waste and food security
Breaking down the barriers to accessing help
Providing hands-on experiences that support them to grow, cook and sell food
Teaching them about the importance of community service and empowering them to engage in positive change