This grant supported Foodbank to significantly increase its cool room space which increased its capacity to collect, safely store and distribute donated fresh and perishable produce. The new space increased Foodbank Victoria’s total cold-store capacity by 30%. If not rescued most of this food will end up in landfill. The cool room will directly service the Mobile FoodShare and Farm to Families programs, both of which are new to Australia. Both these models of food delivery have been successfully trialled in the United States of America. Foodbank has modified and adapted these programs to fit the Australian context.
Foodbank Victoria is an independent not-for-profit organisation with more than 80 years’ food relief experience. They are the state’s oldest and largest organisation of its kind and it is unique in both size and scale. Each year they distribute over 39,000 meals daily, this equated to over over 8 million kilograms of food a year. The organisations aim is to provide healthy food for all.
To do this they work with a network of almost 800 corporate and community partners to source and distribute food to people in need across Victoria. As a member of the State Government’s Emergency Response and Recovery Committee, they are also there in times of disaster as the leading provider of emergency food relief to Victorian communities.
To establish a pop-up garden social enterprise operated by people with disabilities. The main aims of the project were to provide employment of people with disabilities, within the social enterprise and externally thanks to skill development, and to increase the availability of fresh organic vegetables to the community through the sale of the pop-gardens.
Albury Wodonga Regional Foodshare
The Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare is a collaborative service that addresses food insecurity among people experiencing hardship in the Albury Wodonga region. They support eight local government areas within a 150km radius of Albury Wodonga.
They share rescued food and meals across over 90 welfare agencies, 21 schools and 8 neighbourhood centres in the Albury Wodonga Region to give to people that would otherwise go hungry and they empower people to make their own way out of poverty through education, training and employment programs.