The hamper that keeps giving

Deanne, her husband and their two daughters moved from the family farm at Tumbarumba to Wodonga two years ago due to a workplace accident. Having to start from scratch in a new community had its challenges. After receiving some information about FoodShare’s services during a class at Wodonga TAFE, Deanne contacted FoodShare and she was provided with a hamper.

Deanne said “We were able to create enough meals with the variety of items in the hamper and the hygiene products really boosted my daughters’ self-esteem”.

FoodShare’s Community Pantry program commenced almost a year ago in response to the impacts of the summer bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic to provide food hampers to those experiencing financial hardship. 

Deanne was so grateful for the support that she started volunteering at the FoodShare warehouse two days a week. “I wanted to return the favour and help others because the community wouldn’t be able to do without FoodShare” said Deanne.  

FoodShare’s services are free and additional funding provides even more support for families like Deanne’s. A $20 donation provides someone experiencing hardship with a hamper and a $50 donation feeds a family.

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Image: Deanne (FoodShare Volunteer) and Nicole (FoodShare Community Pantry Coordinator)