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 Kerry Gillespie on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phoning SMECC office.
OUR LOCAL FOOD DONORS
In addition to our regular deliveries from Foodbank, we have also received valuable food donations from following local growers:
* Raylene White - Squash
* Dianne Whitlaw - Pumpkins
* Hengsen Farms - Peas
* Theresa Crisp - Avocados
Between Jan - December 2016 the Foodshare has helped distribute around 15,000 tonnes of food.
AGENCIES AND PROJECTS RECEIVING FOOD THROUGH US:
* Mildura Senior College
* Living Waters
* Dareton Public School
* Chaffey Secondary College
* St Vincent de Paul Red Cliffs
* Mildura St Vincent de Paul
* Digger Land Welfare Services
* Mildura Salvation Army
* Sacred Heart Soup Kitchen
* Renew Red Cliffs
* Curious Grace Community Café
* Mildura South Kindergarten
* Sunraysia Community Health Services