This year has been another of significant challenges and change at FoodShare with the long-term impacts of restrictions imposed from the coronavirus causing deep uncertainty for many and an increase in demand for our services. It has also been a time where our role as a critical service provider has been affirmed, partnerships strengthened and new initiatives developed.
Behind the scenes, we have been working with Local Government Authorities to ensure food is easily accessible by those in need and working closely with community organisations who quietly do a power of work to support the most vulnerable. If 2021 has taught us anything, it is that things can change quickly, and we are proud that we have been able to respond.
This year saw the expansion of the Community Pantry program, which enabled the continuation of food hampers but also the opening of the FoodShare Shop to further support those in the community experiencing financial hardship by providing access to a wider range of quality nutritious food.
We are asking those who can give, to consider donating to FoodShare to enable us to purchase additional food. We have experienced shortages of basic essentials, resulting in the need to purchase what is not available through our generous food partners.
Every $25 donated will help us to fill a hamper for a local family and ensure that nutritious food is on the table.
Alternatively, you can support local families in need this Christmas by buying a few extra groceries and donating them to our warehouse (1/10 Stead Street, Wodonga) or you can place them in the FoodShare trolleys and baskets at these supermarkets:
FoodShare's volunteers do an amazing job every day preparing agency orders, driving the vans, collecting and sorting rescued food as well as packing hampers and assisting shoppers in the new FoodShare Shop.
We are so grateful for their contribution which enables FoodShare to support so many families in North East Victorian and Southern NSW communities.
To support our growing operations, we need more volunteers next year to assist on week days to drive our vans, operate the forklift and assist with preparing orders in the warehouse.
To join the team, give Sue our Volunteer Coordinator a call on 02 6059 5555.