Items filtered by date: May 2021

Wednesday, 12 May 2021 00:39

Volunteers and Supporters Celebrate

FoodShare’s volunteers and supporters have celebrated getting two new delivery vans on the road and the installation of a second freezer and cool room to support the Community Pantry program.

The purchase of the refrigerated delivery van was made possible with funding received from the Rotary Club of Albury, Albury Wodonga Connected Communities, ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM - The Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation as well as the NSW Government - My Community Projects and the SS&A Club.

Australian Communities Foundation also supported FoodShare by funding a grant for a dedicated delivery van to distribute food hampers as part of the Community Pantry initiative.

Thanks to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Border Trust, FoodShare was able to instal an additional freezer and cool room for increased capacity to receive and store food as it becomes available through community partners.

Simon Welsh, FoodShare Chair said “Thanks to all our supporters who collectively donated over $180,000 in grants, the new essential equipment will allow FoodShare to put more of a dent in the region’s food insecurity”.


Image: Mayor Kev Poulton (City of Wodonga), Cr David Thurley (Albury City), Jean Burke (Rotary Club of Albury), Julia Vesval (Border Trust), Allison Bruce (Albury Wodonga Connected Communities), Simon Baker (Baker Motors), Matthew Fowler (ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM) and Simon Welsh (FoodShare).




Tuesday, 11 May 2021 13:55

New Community Partnership

This year it has been more important than ever to seek support given the ongoing social and economic impacts of COVID-19.
Thanks to the Australian Gas Infrastructure Group expanding their Community Partnership Program and increasing funding nationally, FoodShare has been nominated as a Community Partner to help build a brighter future for many.
Australian Gas Networks is part of Australian Gas Infrastructure Group (AGIG) which is one of Australia’s largest gas infrastructure businesses and distributes natural gas to over 73,0000 customer across Victoria.
The AGIG’s Community Partnerships Program is an important initiative that demonstrates their commitment to being a socially and environmentally responsible business.
Phil Jones, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor and Rachael Tamme, Community Engagement Advisor made the trip from Adelaide to Wodonga to visit the FoodShare warehouse and meet the team behind the busy operation.
After visiting FoodShare Phil Jones said “AGIG has a history of supporting community groups and organisations and, in 2021, is very proud to be working with Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare to support those in need and help build a brighter future for the region”.
Everyone at FoodShare is very grateful for AGIG’s support to expand the Community Pantry Hamper program.


Image: Phil Jones, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Peter Matthews, General Manager, FoodShare and Rachael Tamme, Community Engagement Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group. 


Monday, 03 May 2021 00:34

ALDI commits to zero food waste

ALDI Australia will double the amount of unsold food it sends to charities such as FoodShare as part of their commitment to send zero food waste to landfill by 2023.

To support this initiative any food unfit for human consumption will be donated as animal feed and the supermarket will expand segregated waste collection at stores as well as launch a new range of fresh fruit and vegetables with minor imperfections.

Australia wastes more than 7.3 million tonnes of food every year, costing the economy more than $20 billion annually.

ALDI’s zero waste commitment was launched in Albury on Monday 3 May by ALDI Australia Customer Interactions Director Adrian Christie and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.

The zero food waste commitment is on the way to ALDI's bigger ambitious target to send zero food or other waste to landfill by 2025.

This is in line with the Australian government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, which aims to reduce the total waste generated in Australia by 10 per cent per person and to halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 2030.

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Image: Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley with FoodShare General Manager Peter Matthews at the launch of ALDI’s zero waste commitment (credit Mark Jesser)