Goulburn Valley Grammar’s Justice, Money and Markets students have raised and donated $908 to Shepparton Foodshare to support its operational costs.
Shepparton Foodshare Operations Coordinator Bec Nicoll said she felt proud of the students that had used their learning to help a community organisation.
“This is an incredible achievement by the students and it is heartening to know that young people are learning the importance of community, social conscience and what can be achieved when we all work together to make a difference,” Ms Nicoll said.
Shepparton Foodshare now has 100 agencies collecting food to distribute to people in need.
This is made up of emergency relief agencies, schools and churches.
Throughout the year, Year 10 students worked in groups to run a small business or stall at lunchtime.
The money raised from the day is then donated to a local charity.
Shepparton Foodshare operates under a model in which there is no fee for food.
Ms Nicoll said the demand for its service had greatly increased over the past 12 months.
“One in five Victorians isn’t food secure,” she said.
At the end of the 2018-19 financial year, Shepparton Foodshare had distributed around 317 000 kilograms of food, the greatest amount it has distributed annually.
To deliver this service, Foodshare partners with supermarkets, business and other food rescue agencies.
The local business needs strong fundraising efforts too; Ms Nicoll said Shepparton Foodshare aimed for $120 000 annually to remain operational.
“We run on the smell of an oily rag; we’ve got part-time staff and they make up just one full-time position.”
“There’s no wastage there, that’s for sure.
“It costs us to manage the volunteers, run our freezers, all of the maintenance that’s required to running a warehouse really.”
Since being established in 2012, Shepparton Foodshare has distributed more than 2.4 million kilos of food to people in need.
For more information, visit sheppartonfoodshare.org.au