WARRNAMBOOL and District Food Share will hold its first community appeal from August 17-24 to raise money to secure the service’s long-term future.
Warrnambool Food Share executive officer Dedy Friebe said the service was experiencing strong demand for its emergency food relief for families and for its food programs to schools and soup kitchens.
Mr Friebe said the service was presently supplying about 10,000 kilograms of food a month through free hampers given to south-west welfare agencies such as the Salvation Army and Mpower.
It also provided tonnes of food each month to district schools for breakfast and after-school programs and to community soup kitchens.
He said the service was generously supplied with food by local supermarkets and Foodbank Victoria in Melbourne but needed funds to secure its long-term future.
Its present centre at the former Calco Mitre 10 building on Raglan Parade was provided through the generosity of South West TAFE but the service wanted to get a permanent home to ensure its sustainability, Mr Friebe said.
Many of the schools and welfare agencies that Food Share supplied will hold fund-raisers to support the appeal but donation points had also been established at eight locations throughout Warrnambool.
Online donations can also be made at www.mycause.com.au