Online Edition: July 2019


On these cold winter mornings, I feel sick to my stomach thinking about the Victorians who’ve spent the night sleeping rough. If it weren’t for the many charities out there trying to assist with crisis accommodation, blankets and bedding, warm clothing and a warm meal, what would happen to them?

In June alone we distributed almost 20% more food than the same time last year. It speaks to the growing demand for our service but also the increasing number of organisations and individuals who are joining us in the fight against hunger and disadvantage.

Plenty of examples come to mind from the past two months alone: teacher Adrian Bol who completed 7 beach marathons on 7 consecutive days in all 7 states and territories to raise funds (read more here); the 9 branches of Yarra Plenty Regional Library who have scrapped overdue fees in exchange for donations of food; the Essendon Football Club, EnergyAustralia and the hundreds of footy fans who kicked a Goal to End Hunger at the MCG on 6 July (read more below);  Team Foodbank, including 6-year-old Max, who pounded the pavement to raise funds at Run Melbourne on Sunday; and, all those individuals who generously donated to our Winter Appeal.

It is this community that gives real hope to the community of people we assist – those experiencing homelessness, illness or injury, relationship breakdowns, unemployment, family violence, housing stress, bill shock and other life events that would set anyone back.

Thank you for your kindness and compassion. It all adds up to make a difference.

With warm regards,

Dave McNamara
CEO, Foodbank Victoria



Essendon Legends Kevin Sheedy and Dustin Fletcher kick goals for Foodbank

With just a month of footy left before finals, the Goals to End Hunger tally is growing, with 42,200 meals donated by our friends at EnergyAustralia from 211 Bombers’ goals.

To help edge us even closer to our target of 50,000 meals for the season, fans came out in force for the Round 16 clash between the Bombers and Sydney Swans at the MCG.

A special pitch was set up near Gate 3 and Sheedy and Fletcher coached fans to kick goals to help end hunger. More than 150 footy fans took a shot at goal – scoring an additional 1,711 meals to be donated by EnergyAustralia.

With the Bombers still in the mix for the finals we wish them all the very best!



Runners young and old braved the cold to run against hunger with Foodbank

The mid-winter chill didn’t stop Team Foodbank from turning up the heat at this year’s Run Melbourne event on Sunday, 28 July.

Nearly 40 Foodbank fundraisers took to the streets of Melbourne’s CBD for the 5km run/walk, 10km run or half marathon, in a bid to raise vital funds for vulnerable Victorian children and their families.

This year, Team Foodbank welcomed walkers and runners of all ages, including students from St Leonard’s College, and the youngest addition to the team, 6-year-old Max D’Alessandro. Collectively, the team raised over $10,570 for Foodbank. Thank you to everyone that helped bring the Foodbank spirit to the heart of Melbourne’s biggest race event of the year!

Want to support Team Foodbank? You can still donate here.


Ride to ramp up in 2020 
The Hunger Ride will return to Victoria’s High Country in March 2020 and we’re seeking keen cyclists to bring on a team for the 1-day, 172km challenge. As you’ll see from the promo video here, the ride is not for the faint-hearted, but teams are rewarded with stunning scenery, teamwork and fun, and giving back. The two Hunger Rides to date have raised almost $150,000 to help us feed more vulnerable Victorian children and families. Interested cyclists, corporate teams or even event sponsors can get in touch with us here.


Barefoot’s big impact
The Barefoot Investor, Scott Pape, has helped everyday Aussies through his best-selling money guide books. And now we’re witnessing his effect in the younger generations. In his latest book, The Barefoot Investor for Families (of which he generously donated 20,000 copies to Foodbank), Pape teaches children about the importance of giving back. It’s a message that’s clearly been resonating, with little Angus (pictured) just one of the dozens of children to drop in over the school holidays to donate the contents of their ‘Give Jars’.

Work at Foodbank!
Ever wanted to work at Foodbank? We currently have a number of exciting opportunities available within our Food, Warehouse, School Breakfast and Marketing teams. To find out more, visit the careers section of our website.

Food relief tops search
Data released by AskIzzy, a website that connects people in need with housing, food, counselling services and more, has revealed ‘food’ is its most searched for category. Victorians topped the list with 64,068 searches for food relief programs in 2018. Sadly, this research serves as another example of the growing need for food relief in Australia.

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