Foodbank Victoria supports 451 welfare agencies and charities across metro, regional and rural areas of the state. The welfare agencies in turn provide food relief to 134,000 people each month, one third of these people are children.
People of all walks of life and at different times need to access food relief. It may be through necessity, difficult times, hardship, drought or fire. As a result, it’s not always those you immediately think of that require food relief. While homelessness is prevalent in 33% of recipients, more commonly our agencies assist low income families, single parent families and the unemployed.
Our welfare agencies vary in size and the type of food relief they provide.
Many of our agencies are large charitable organisations such as The Salvation Army, Anglicare and Uniting Care, however we also service Regional Food Hubs and smaller organisations like local community centres and volunteer- run church groups.
Our food is then used by the front line agency staff in their various food relief programs and formats; ranging from the supply of mixed groceries/food parcels, the provision of daily meal services in full time welfare facilities, mini supermarket style offers through to mobile operations such as soup vans, food trucks and pop ups.
In 2016, our reach doubled in size with the introduction of the School Breakfast Clubs Program, distributing food to 500 of the most disadvantaged primary schools in Victoria.