With these charities, community groups, schools and shelters in our network, we were able to distribute over 8 million kilograms of food across regional and metropolitan communities of Victoria in 2016/17. This volume of food is equivalent to 14 million meals for people in need.
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“East Loddon is extremely grateful that Foodbank Victoria is able to provide the services it does. We are able to assist rural people, not used to asking for help, with grocery hampers, through our partnership with the Salvation Army.
“This ‘on the ground’ response to drought works on so many levels. It helps people know that others care, helps with the desolation and isolation that people can feel because of their situation – caused by no fault of their own but by the weather.
“By having a professional outreach worker through the Salvation Army while delivering food hampers, referrals to additional services can be more accurately determined. It helps protect confidentiality, people’s privacy and most importantly, people’s dignity. We ARE making a difference together!”
Loren Pratt is the “Chief Dreamer” or Church Pastor in charge of the North Point Centre Food Pantry. The Pantry is based in Tullamarine but runs out of five sites across the northern suburbs of Melbourne. People in need of food relief come to the pantry to collect pre- packed hampers that Loren and his team have put together and then they can select additional fruit and vegetables. His team also deliver food hampers to people they know in the community who have trouble coming into a centre such as single parents, elderly or people with disabilities.
Last year they distributed an incredible 20,970 parcels. Loren sources much of the food for the hampers from Foodbank Victoria, collecting food on a weekly basis.
“Coming to Foodbank takes the stress off my resources as I know when I come in each week I can get everything I need.”
“I’d hate the thought of not having Foodbank. Without Foodbank the number of hampers we distribute would be halved, and instead our resources would have to be spent on sourcing food and administration rather than where they are really needed – helping people”
The Wingate Avenue Community Centre is located within the grounds of the Ascot Vale Public Housing Estate. The Estate is home to over 2,000 people who come from a range of diverse backgrounds. Over 30% were born overseas, 34% speak more than one language at home, and 24% arrived in Australia in the last five years.
Like many of our agencies, the Wingate community face multiple barriers including language, family breakdown, social isolation and financial hardship. Unemployment on the Estate is estimated by the Department of Human Services to be 83.3%.
Foodbank Victoria supports Wingate’s work empowering the local community and improving the resident’s quality of life by providing a weekly supply of healthy food.
Every Friday Wingate collect fresh fruit and vegetables, packaged dry goods, dairy products and frozen produce and distribute it through a pop-up-style market at the centre.
“Recipients of the food relief pop up market
are extremely happy with the weekly food program. The Friday program caters for 100 to 120 people each week. The program distributes the produce evenly and is run by a dedicated group of volunteers.”
(Wingate Community Centre)