More funding added to Foodshare menu

By John Lewis

Following a sell-out fundraising dinner that raised a record $100000 for Shepparton Foodshare this month, a $5000 cheque was handed to volunteers at the charity organisation’s distribution shed in Mooroopna yesterday.

The cheque represented money collected from the Bendigo Bank’s Greater Shepparton Connected Community Fund.

The money came on top of $55000 already donated from the bank’s scheme during the fundraising dinner.

Shepparton Bendigo Bank branch chairman Matthew Todd said money was collected through profits made from customer accounts that were tagged to the Greater Shepparton Connected Community Fund.

‘‘We’ve given out about $200000 to various groups around Shepparton over five years,’’ Mr Todd said.

Shepparton Foodshare operations co-ordinator Bec Nicoll said the organisation would use the $55000 for general costs.

‘‘This is almost half our annual budget,’’ Ms Nicoll said.

Marketing and fundraising co-ordinator Katie Smith thanked the volunteers, the bank and the wider community for their efforts.

‘‘We are so in awe of our local community — we really can’t do without them,’’ she said.

Ms Smith said Shepparton Foodshare distributed an average of 300000kg of food a year.

She said about 100 emergency relief agencies, schools and church groups accessed Shepparton Foodshare to distribute food to those in need.

She said a team of about 20 volunteers visited supermarkets and other sources every week to ‘‘rescue’’ food that would otherwise end up in landfill.

Ms Smith said the $5000 Greater Shepparton Connected Community Fund donation would go towards the purchase of a display freezer at Foodshare’s Mooroopna facility.