Mildura Community Foodshare
What is the Mildura Community Foodshare?
The Foodshare pilot is aimed at recovering surplus and 'seconds' local fresh food for redistribution to local emergency food relief providers, and schools and other groups offering breakfast/ food programs. This is an important service for all community members in need in our community, including our CALD community members who are facing financial difficulty and require support from these other agencies.
For SMECC though, this project is more than just about food. As part of our 'Skills Transition Shed' at our new 12th Street site, the Foodshare project will be run out of warehouse training facility. It will provide volunteer opportunities for our Refugee & Asylum Seeker clients to develop work and social skills through helping run the warehouse, linked with our training courses.
The Mildura Foodshare partners with Healthy Together Mildura to appeal for donations of local fruit and vegetables from farms and packing houses. The Foodshare also receives regular deliveries of donated items from the Foodbank Australia network from their Berri facility in South Australia. The warehouse facility has also had significant support from ENZED Mildura through the donation of a forklift and pallet jack equipment to use on the project.
The Mildura Foodshare is already redistributing food to a range of local agencies, schools and projects.
If you want to know more, or want to get involved contact the SMECC office.
OUR LOCAL FOOD DONORS
Foodbank South Australia provides the vast majority of fresh food donations into the community foodshare, we also receive regular food deliveries from Brett & Anne Gunn, and regular emergency relief dried food hampers through ‘New Life’ Assemblies of God church. Over the past year we have also received additional food donations from Henderson College and Kircher’s Mt Stewart Asparagus.
AGENCIES AND PROJECTS RECEIVING FOOD THROUGH US:
* St Pauls/ Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen,
* St Vincent De Paul,
* Mallee Accommodation Support Program (MASP),
* Trinity Lutheran College,
* Mallee Family Care,
* New Life Church,
* Pioneer Village,
* Mildura Senior College,
* Chaffey Secondary College,
* Dareton Secondary School,
* Mildura Specialist School,
* Mildura South Kindergarten,
* Mildura West Primary,
* St Josephs,
* Red Cliffs Secondary,
* The Lake Primary School,
* Pasadena Preschool,
* Sunraysia Community Health Services, * Ranfurly Primary
....and SMECC’s own clients.