YOU VOTED & WE WON!
We are absolutely delighted to announce that FoodShare was successful in our NSW State Government My Community Project application, providing the final piece of funding for our new refrigerated van. A huge thank you to Justin Clancy MP and the NSW State Government for this opportunity & to everyone who voted for us - you really did make a difference!
We are also so appreciative of the support and significant contributions from the Rotary Club of Albury, the Rotary Club of Albury Foundation, ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM with Philanthropic Partners the Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation and Albury Wodonga Connected Communities. Your financial contributions and goodwill will ensure we can continue to distribute rescued food to those who need it most.
We'll be on the road with the new van in next to no time. Keep an eye out for us!
FoodShare has been fundraising for a new refrigerated delivery van to provide emergency food relief to the community.
We are humbled by the support we have received and are pleased to share with you that our new van will be on the road very soon.
This has been made possible from the funding received from
The NSW Government funding was granted last week and was based on the votes received from residents in relation to which projects they would like to see receive funding to improve the wellbeing of the people and communities in our region.
A huge thank you to Member for Albury, Justin Clancy MP and the NSW State Government as well as members of the community that voted for our My Community Project which was the final piece of funding that has enabled us to get our new refrigerated van on the road.
The FoodShare fundraising event was held on Friday 20 September at the Old Beechworth Gaol. The dinner was attended by 120 guests and raised $12,000 for FoodShare. This will directly assist us with continuing to provide 25,000 meals a week to people in need across our region.
We were overjoyed by the support we received from the community. It was great to see everyone seated at the long banquet table enjoying the delicious meal prepared by Taste Trekkers with ingredients sourced from FoodShare donors. The bar was also very popular at the guard’s station which was stocked with Bilson’s beverages and Traviarti wine. The tables also looked beautiful with the floral arrangements from Beechworth Floral Designs which were auctioned off at the end of the evening.
We were also pleased to introduce JWP Architects as a new corporate partner and we are looking forward to building relationships with other sponsors as we continue to seek vital funding to support our quest in finding a new home for FoodShare.
The event also launched the FoodShare Buy a Brick Fundraiser to raise funds for the new FoodShare warehouse. Everyone that buys a brick in the lead up to the opening of the new warehouse will have their name included on a plaque in the new building. With 25 brick donations received on the night we are underway to reaching our target of 1,000 bricks.
Click here if you would like to make a contribution to the buy a brick fundraiser.
Thank you to everyone that attended the dinner and we look forward to hosting you at the next FoodShare fundraiser event.
FoodShare relies on support from corporate sponsors to provide our services to the community.
In establishing relationships with local businesses who share our values we can make a real difference in the lives of local people.
FoodShare was pleased to introduce JWP Architects as a new corporate partner at our fundraising dinner in September.
JWP Architects have been working in the Albury Wodonga region for over 30 years. As a commercial architect firm they work closely with hospitals, schools and businesses in building better buildings for our community.
The broad range of projects JWP delivers allows them to be flexible and innovative. They also take pride in their ability to establish and maintain close working relationships with their clients, which is a reflection of their approachability, responsiveness and commitment.
To find out more about JWP Architects visit www.jwparchitects.com.au
FoodShare is looking forward to building a relationship with JWP Architects and other sponsors as we continue to seek vital funding to support our quest in finding a new home for FoodShare.
Click here to find out more about becoming a sponsor.
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.
Click here to view our project.
To help decide which projects will get funding to improve the wellbeing of the people and communities that live there, NSW 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.
Click here for further information about the NSW Government My Community Project.
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.