Our grant application to receive funding for a refrigerated delivery van to provide emergency food relief has been shortlisted as part of the NSW Government My Community Projects.
To help decide which projects will get funding to improve the wellbeing of the people and communities that live there, residents are encouraged to place their vote.
Voting is open for NSW residents over 16 years of age that live in the Albury electorate.
Voting only takes a few minutes and closes on 15 August 2019.
Instructions on how to vote
Step 1 – Create an account (only your email address is required to set up an account)
Step 2 – Activate your account
Enter the security code set to your email
Step 3 – Select Albury electorate and shortlist our project for your vote
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare
‘Refrigerated delivery van to provide emergency food relief
Note: You may need to confirm your identify (such as the details on your Medicare care card) as well as your electorate
Step 4 – Shortlist at least two other projects to be eligible to submit your vote
Step 5 – View your shortlist and submit your vote
The FoodShare community thank you for your support.
You are invited to an evening with Friends of FoodShare
Please join us for our inaugural fundraising dinner, which comes at a vital time. FoodShare must find a new home and funds are urgently needed so we can continue to provide 25,000 meals a week to people in need across our region
Guest speakers will share their experiences in restoring hope and dignity to people in need.
Tax deductible partnership packages will be available at the fundraiser which will provide an impact for your investment and promotional opportunities for your business.
Friends of FoodShare Fundraising Dinner
Old Beechworth Gaol
Friday 20 September 2019
6.30pm – 10.30pm
Tickets $80 per person
Click here to book your tickets.
On Saturday 6 July the local Wodonga Raiders played the Wodonga Bulldogs at Martin Park.
At half time Findex staff put their skills to the test to kick some goals for local charities. Each goal was a $500 donation and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare received $2,000 from the half time events.
This was the first time the Findex Annual Footy Day was held in Wodonga.
There are 24,200 people living in poverty in our region and over 5,000 of them are children. FoodShare rescues over 763,000 kilograms of food per year and distributes this to over 200 agencies, schools and neighbourhood centres across the region.
The funding received from Findex will go directly towards providing good quality nutritious food for people in financial stress as FoodShare empowers people to make their way out of poverty.
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare urgently needs a new home. Wodonga TAFE has provided warehouse space for FoodShare for the past six years but the warehouse is now needed for an increase in demand for trade courses.
The emergency food relief charity is asking for support from the community, industrial property owners, freight and transport organisations for help in identifying a new site.
Wodonga TAFE Acting CEO Phil Paterson said: “FoodShare provides an invaluable service to the community which we would like to continue to support. However, the warehouse is a critical piece of infrastructure we need access to in order to meet future training needs.”
FoodShare Board member Jodie Kensington said the changing circumstances put FoodShare in a challenging position: needing to find a new home, plus its ongoing need for funding.
“We understand that Wodonga TAFE has a responsibility to meet the local training needs of our community and we appreciate the fantastic support TAFE has given us over the years,” Ms Kensington said.
“We ask for public support in finding a new warehouse in Wodonga quickly so that FoodShare will be able to continue to manage the 700,000kg of donated food it receives each year, turning it into 25,000 meals per week to vulnerable people on both sides of the border,” he said.
Since being officially notified of the TAFE decision in January, a working party has been unsuccessful in finding new warehouse facilities, leaving only three months before the current TAFE lease ends and TAFE begins refurbishing the space to be ready for course delivery in 2020.
Finding a new home for FoodShare is critically important says Wodonga Council’s Deputy Mayor Cr Kat Bennett. “FoodShare is the only centralised hub coordinating emergency food relief for nine local government areas. Last year Albury Wodonga provided food to 106 welfare/community agencies, 80 schools and 10 neighbourhood houses: that’s enough food to make the equivalent of 1.4 million meals.”
Gateway Health says FoodShare has an impact beyond food rescue. “In a rich nation like Australia, there are families who still suffer stress and anxiety in order to put food on the table. The inability to access fresh food affects people’s health and contributes to a number of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease and Type 2 diabetes. Many people report that the stress of not knowing where the next meal will come from, can be even worse than feeling hungry,” stated Ms Leigh Rhode, CEO of Gateway Health.
“Emergency food relief agencies like FoodShare, not only provide fresh food to families in need but also tackle the food waste issue by effectively rescuing food that would otherwise go to landfill. Locally recovered food represents 78% of the total food rescued by FoodShare, and approximately 37% of locally sourced food in 2016 was fresh, demonstrating the benefit of having a regional option rather than relying on metropolitan agencies,” said Ms. Rhode.
FoodShare is looking for a 800m2 floorspace, with easy access for trucks, security gate, parking, and located within Wodonga so 100+ volunteers can readily reach the site. The charity has a freezer, cool room, and racking for up to four stacks.
More than $170,000 was handed out to 19 charitable groups at the annual The Big Give by Border Trust on Thursday 30 May.
Of the $174,500 one of the biggest recipients was Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare who received $17,000 to help with the purchase and running of a refrigerated food van.
Border Trust chair Michael Salter said The Big Give is the main event of the organisation's year.
"Announcing our successful recipients is, without a doubt, the highlight of our year," he said.
"We are 100 per cent local - our donors and recipients all live and work in our region and choose to give back to their community through Border Trust.
"And the money we present to recipients we can see going back into the local community and the kitchen out the front of the hotel is one example of a great initiative in action.
"The Big Give is the culmination of the hard work and contributions from many and is a wonderful example of what can collectively be achieved."
Areas of local need that benefited from this year's allocation include mental health and well being, disadvantage, youth leadership, prevention of violence against women initiatives and sustainability.