Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief charity. They fight food insecurity for 815,000 Australians each month, making their work crucial to the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Despite their best efforts, it is estimated that they need 50% more food in order to provide enough for all those seeking assistance.
[ Click this to read the 2020 Foodbank Hunger Report. ]
SecondBite is a leading food rescue organisation. In 2011, Coles and SecondBite formed a national partnership which allowed the expansion of the organisation’s operational scale and reach. They collect and distribute wasted food to over 1,000 community food programs across Australia. So far they have rescued and distributed the equivalent of 100 million meals.
FareShare is the largest charity kitchen in Victoria and Queensland. They prepare and cook over 12,000 meals every day. These meals are then donated to food charities working directly with disadvantaged Australians.
Their process includes rescuing surplus food and receiving donated food.
This would not be possible without the huge volunteer workforce of 1,250 people that support FareShare.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre offers food security to over 650 people per week. This ensures families receive essential food items to rebuild their lives in the community. Their community meals program offers hot meals 5 days a week to over 240 people. Plus ASRC provide an essential free food pantry service to their clients who simply do not have enough money to support their families.
Basmati rice is the most in demand staple food. So far the Make A Difference Community has funded over 4 tonnes of rice – enough for over 30,000 meals.
The Father Bob Maguire Foundation focuses on ending homelessness and disadvantage in the CBD area of Melbourne. Every year they provide more than 24,000 nutritious meals and food hampers. Their community pantry program offers struggling families a healthy array of supplies so they have all the ingredients they need for nutritious meals. Father Bob has been an inspiration to millions of people for over a generation. He works tirelessly for the people and is determined to fight inequality in any form.
OzHarvest Melbourne started food rescue operations in 2014 to ensure vulnerable people in local communities are supported with fresh and nutritious food. Their seven yellow vans are out and about rescuing surplus food from 457 food businesses throughout Melbourne, delivering more than 320,000 meals every month to 150 charities supporting those who need it most.
Melbourne Tautoko Whanau (MTW) is a registered Charity & Community-based organisation, which provides emergency relief food & care packages, community services and more importantly helping people to connect. Their purpose is to come together as a community and connect with others to help those less fortunate.
Afri-Aus Care are a group of diverse professionals who provide support services to migrant youth from African and other CALD backgrounds, and their families, who are at risk or experiencing mental health issues, family and inter-generational conflict or are in the court system due to offenses arising from these circumstances.
They provide assistance and support to individuals through primary mental health intervention and intensive support programs and by counseling clients’ families. Involvement in these programs enables individuals to better integrate into Australian society.
Bro Doug Walsh has dedicated his life to his faith and helping those in need. He is still an active volunteer for the Soup Vans in which he was president for 25 years.
The primary aim of the Vinnies Soup Van Program is to offer food, social connection, and referral pathways out of homelessness and poverty, to people experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness and disadvantage. They have have 9 Soup Vans in Victoria all running different services based on the local needs.
The Soup Van Program operates within the Mission, Vision and inspired Values of the St Vincent de Paul Society.
Wellsprings for Women offers services, supports and programs for women to improve education, employment, health and wellbeing and to live life safely and free from violence. They have a weekly food program in Casey targeting families with financial hardship.