More than a tonne of food has been donated to FoodShare after a canned food drive organised by Mission Australia was supported by local students and school communities across the region.
Nine schools and childcare centres supported the cause in the drive’s first year. Collectively over 2,000 cans of food were donated including spaghetti, beans, soup, tuna, salmon, tinned fruit and vegetables. Other pantry essentials such as rice, pasta, noodles, cereal and muesli bars as well as pet food and other household necessities were also amongst the donated items, which filled over 15 shopping trolleys.
Dawn Clark, Case Manager at Mission Australia, Albury came up with the idea to help FoodShare support struggling border residents and was blown away by the response to support local families.
“To be able to provide such a substantial amount of food from community donations is really amazing,” Dawn said when delivering the donations to the FoodShare warehouse.
All the donated food will go straight into emergency food relief support with each hamper including four to five cans. The donations received from the students and school communities will assist around 500 local families.
FoodShare’s Community Pantry program commenced a year ago to provide food hampers to those in the region experiencing financial hardship due to the impacts of the summer bushfires and the coronavirus pandemic.
Nicole Eirth, FoodShare’s Community Pantry Coordinator said that in March alone more than 300 hampers were delivered across the region.
“So, these donations are fantastic because they will enable us to get more food out into our community, which is what we are here for,” Nicole said.
Mission Australia and FoodShare thank the schools, childcare centres and school communities for their generous donations: Albury Public School, Wodonga South Primary School, Hume Public School, Glenroy Public School, Murray High School, Kandeer School, Kiddiewinks Early Learning Centre, Kiewa Valley Kids and Kiewa Valley Primary School.
Image: Lydia Crothers, FoodShare Warehouse Coordinator, Sue Thornton, FoodShare Volunteer and Admin Coordinator and Dawn Clark, Mission Australia Albury Case Manager.