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The Loaves and Fishes Food Bank, based at the St Albans church, has received a $15,000 grant from LeaderÕs Feed Melbourne campaign to buy additional shelving, cupboard & storage space, a trolley, upgrade its delivery van and buy more food (including meats, eggs, dairy, oil, sugar). Please get a photo of Charlie Desira, one of the food bankÕs volunteers. More than 200 families sometimes attend the food bank every week.

Charlie Desira, Loaves and Fishes. Photo: Leader Community News

As the housing affordability crisis bites in Melbourne, more people face a daily struggle to put food on the table.

FareShare is proud to be a founder partner of the Feed Melbourne Appeal which makes a vital difference to people in our city trying to keep a roof over their head and feed their family.

The joint Appeal with Leader Community News and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation runs until May 15 and helps FareShare cook hundreds of thousands of meals each year. Feed Melbourne also gives grants to many smaller organisations such as the soup vans, community food banks, school meal programs and crisis centres which distribute our meals.

One Appeal recipient last year was Loaves and Fishes, a St Albans based charity which hands out around 250 food parcels each week to people who are struggling.

“We get people from all walks of life – single parents, refugees, people struggling to get work, people with disabilities,” co-founder Charlie Desira said.

Thanks to $15,000 from the Feed Melbourne Appeal, the charity can expand its cool room and support an additional 100 families this year.

If you are able to make a tax deductible donation, your gift will be doubled because the Foundation matches donations up to a total of $250,000. It’s a great way to make a difference in our community.To find out more or donate, please visit Feed Melbourne.