Items filtered by date: February 2022

Tuesday, 22 February 2022 16:23

More support for those that need it most

In response to the sudden impact COVID-19 had on our region, FoodShare instigated a Community Pantry program to provide food hampers directly to local residents so anyone in need could access quality nutritious food. There was so much demand for this service that the FoodShare Shop opened in November last year with the added flexibility for anyone experiencing financial hardship to select their own grocery items.   

FoodShare is now collaborating with Mind Australia to provide further support for those that need it most in our cross-border community. Mind is one of the country's leading community-managed specialist mental health service providers with strong connections across the support provider network to help identify and connect people to the support services they need. 

FoodShare will share their office space in Wigg Street, Wodonga with team members from Mind’s Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub in Wodonga so, when people contact FoodShare for food relief assistance, those requiring help will be asked if they would like to speak to someone from the Mind team, who can assist them with additional support.  

The Wodonga Mental Health and Wellbeing Hub is one of ten Hubs Mind is operating across Victoria. They are part of a $13.3 million Victorian Government commitment to provide Victorians with easier access to mental health support to address the impacts of the pandemic. The Hubs provide a mix of free face-to-face support, telehealth, mobile outreach and online delivery services, making it easy to access free and immediate support for anyone with mental health or wellbeing concerns. 

The Mind support workers will assess a person’s needs, help develop strategies to cope, and provide direct links and pathways to other health and social support services. All their services are free and support is also available for families, friends and carers of people who are experiencing mental health issues. 

Anyone with mental health concerns can also access a Mental Health & Wellbeing Hub directly by calling 1300 375 330. 

This partnership between FoodShare and Mind Australia is strengthening the connection for people in need with quality nutritious food and essential support services. 

FoodShare’s General Manager Peter Matthews said “This collaboration provides access to a greater support network and essential care for those who are continuing to navigate through the impacts of the pandemic. 

“This partnership also enhances the resilience of our local communities impacted by hardship, while continuing to encourage good nutrition across the region”. 

Mind Australia CEO Gill Callister said, “This partnership between FoodShare and Mind in Wodonga is a first for Victoria and such a good idea, bringing a broader range of services together for people in need. I hope it becomes the first of many.”

 

Image (L-R) Carla Buckley (Mind), Susan Black (Mind), Wayne Jose (Mind), Peter Matthews (FoodShare) and Nicole Eirth (FoodShare).

Tuesday, 15 February 2022 02:40

Legacy Packing Partnership

Legacy Packing and FoodShare are proud of of their partnership which provides so much support to the local community.
 
FoodShare, based in Albury Wodonga, has been working to address food insecurity, while simultaneously promoting sustainability, and increasing access to good quality nutritious food for people across the region in financial stress or need.
 
Between the months of June and November, over 1200kg of fruit is collected from Legacy Packing to be distributed to people experiencing financial hardship.
 
Legacy Packing is one of only 70 food suppliers in the local area who donate food to FoodShare.
 
The collected food is re-distributed to a network of emergency food relief services which is made up of 225 community centres who welcome the donations.
 
There is approximately 48,000 people living in poverty within a 150km radius of Albury Wodonga.
 
FoodShare is part of the vital social infrastructure of the region that brings together food security, health, community support and educational benefits by consolidating a whole range of resources, including food, materials and volunteer workers, to target the specific needs of the most vulnerable and isolated people in our community.
 
FoodShare is predominantly a volunteer run organisation, with around 100 volunteers who work in the warehouse each week to provide 18,500 hours of service each year.
 
“Legacy Packing looks forward to continuing our partnership with FoodShare and helping people in need in any way we can,” said General Manager Dean Trembath.