A new sponsorship with Bendigo Foodshare is helping the charity to continue getting food out to nearly 13,000 vulnerable people across Central Victoria each week. A grant has been awarded to help cover the rising costs of keeping their food recovery and delivery vans on the road.
Foodshare has been feeling the pinch alongside Bendigo and Central Victorian families who are suffering from rising household expenses. Due to rising fuel costs and other economic factors, they have seen the costs double in the past 12 months.
Bendigo Foodshare has three vans in their fleet, which help to rescue food that would otherwise have ended up in landfill, completing 96 supermarket rescues six days a week.
The charity relies on the vans to rescue food and get it out across central Victoria. Over the pandemic, Foodshare experienced a 30% increase in the demand for food relief, particularly from those who hadn't had to reach out for help before.
Bendigo Foodshare is powered by 250+ volunteers and over 260 partner organisations, who help to get this food out via food relief programs in 71 schools, kindergartens, childcare centres, large charities and small community and church groups.
This new sponsorship is in addition to the existing support for Bendigo Foodshare which includes Agnico Eagle Australia’s contribution of $300,000 towards the construction of a new home for Bendigo Foodshare.
Foodshare relies on generosity to continue its work. If you’d like to help, please consider participating in the annual November Food Drive and Christmas appeal. Visit bendigofoodshare.org.au to find out more.