FoodShare has received a $5,000 Bushfire Relief Fund Community Grant from Border Trust to purchase quality nutritious food for those experiencing hardship in rural and regional communities impacted by the 2019/20 summer bushfires.
FoodShare immediately responded to the bushfire emergency on New Years Day in 2020 by operating the warehouse seven days a week for all of January. As part of the emergency relief effort, FoodShare distributed food, pet food and basic grocery items to bushfire effected communities.
The huge community effort driven by FoodShare was supported by a virtual army of community volunteers, which resulted in around 100,000kg of food and essential household items being donated within the first few weeks of the year to residents located within Towong, Alpine, Greater Hume and the Snowy Valleys.
Since the summer bushfires hit our region, FoodShare’s services have evolved leading to the implementation of FoodShare’s Community Pantry program, which has enabled food hampers to be delivered directly to members of the community, particularly families who are requiring emergency food relief. The food hampers have been well received by the community with many individuals and agencies finding the new service very beneficial.