Foodbank Victoria has been feeding farming families in times of crisis since we were established in 1930.
Foodbank Victoria was there during the millennial drought helping farmers struggling to make ends meet.
Leanne Welsh was one of these farmers. She knows what it’s like to be on the receiving end of emergency assistance. S
he and her husband run a cattle farm at Calivil in the Loddon Mallee region, one of the worst affected drought
areas in Victoria at the time. Her situation had become desperate. There was no money in the bank, no cattle to sell and the bills were piling up. An unexpected visit to Leanne’s property by a local emergency relief agency proved a turning point. Not only did her family receive much needed assistance, Leanne decided to give back to her community, the support and compassion she received.
“ I’m very aware of how the drought has impacted on the lives of our local people. I’m not embarrassed about anything that has happened or the long term benefits of the things we have been able to achieve… None of these activities c
ould have been undertaken without the assistance of an organisation like Foodbank. Their ability to distribute aid
throughout Victoria, even to small communities like our own, is testament to their commitment to provide support where it is needed most.”