Who we are
Foodbank Victoria is an independent not for profit organisation that aims to deliver nutritious, healthy food to individuals and families experiencing hardship.
With more than 80 years experience, Foodbank Victoria, is the state’s oldest and largest food relief organisation. It sources and distributes donated food and provides emergency relief to
Victorians through a network of more than 500 community organisations, including welfare agencies, schools and local resource centres.
During the 2011-12 finanical year, Foodbank Victoria distributed over 6.9 million meals across metro, regional and rural communities of Victoria.
Foodbank Victoria is also part of the State Government’s Disaster Response and Recovery Plan to distribute emergency aid in times of crisis.
A Victoria Without Hunger
To deliver food, material aid and educational programs, in partnership with community organisations, that help to fundamentally improve the lives of Victorians experiencing hardship.
Foodbank Victoria strives to deliver ‘Value Beyond Food’ by recognising that providing the essentials of life (food and emergency material aid) has these important effects:
- Through our partner agencies we strive to meet the immediate needs of families and individuals to receive adequate daily nutrition
- We deliver more than food – by responding to identified needs our capacity building initiatives aim to develop sustainable and resilient individuals and communities.
- We are an enabler for our partner agencies to build trust with their clients to look beyond their immediate needs and begin to deal with the root causes of an individual’s hardship.
- We help reduce waste and society’s impact on the environment
- By alleviating the impact on household and personal budgets we are giving people the ability to make choices that build a sense of empowerment, dignity and hope.
We are the product of a merger between the Victorian Relief Committee and Foodbank Victoria in 2005.
We have grown to become Victoria’s largest emergency relief resource centre, unique in our capacity to access, store and distribute hundreds of tonnes of perishable and non perishable food.
Foodbank Victoria is an independent, not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.
Our Board of Directors oversee the strategic direction and operational development of Foodbank Victoria. The current Directors are:
- Alan Williams (Chair)
- Lahra Carey
- Stuart Costa
- Jenny Grayling
- David Harris
- Mick Ulbrick
- Rick Woods
- Carol Clay
- June Wilson
- Meg Montague
Our founding member organisations
Established in 1996, Foodbank Australia is a non-aligned, not-for-profit organisation which sources and facilitates donations of food and grocery products for distribution to welfare agencies via
an Australia-wide network of Foodbanks.
Brotherhood of St
Through research, services and advocacy, the Brotherhood of St Laurence helps people experiencing disadvantage at all stages of life, empowering them to build a better future.
Country Women’s Association
The Country Women’s Association of Australia is the largest women's organisation in Australia. Self-funded, non-party political and non-sectarian, the CWAA aim to improve the conditions
for women and children and make life better for families, especially those living in rural and remote Australia. The Victorian branch of the Country Women's Association recently celebrated
its 80th anniversary, and to this day continues to improve the lives of many Victorians through its charitable efforts.
Jewish Aid Australia
Jewish Aid Australia was founded in 1994 with a mission to mobilise the Australian Jewish Community to participate and assist, both locally and overseas, in humanitarian projects in the wider