Last month Leader News called to ask if FareShare could help out a charity which had run out of food.
The Northpoint Centre Food Pantry in Tullamarine was unable to fill the food parcels it hands out to 950 disadvantaged people a week.
Fortunately, FareShare managed to find enough food to tide them over the shortfall so no one missed out. This is how the Leader reported the story.
Demand at Northpoint has skyrocketed. In 2014 the community food pantry, which supports disadvantaged people in Melton, Sunshine, Coolaroo, Coburg and Sunbury, distributed 14,500 food parcels. Last year the number had climbed to 20,750 and this year it could be as high as 25,000.
Other charities are telling us the same thing. More and more people are struggling to afford nutritious food.
FareShare has the volunteers, rescued food and kitchen facilities to cook TWO MILLION meals a year but our warehouse is holding us back.
The Ian Potter Foundation has pledged to give us $500,000 to purchase a new warehouse. However, we need to match the funds to make this critical investment happen. We are $85,000 short of the total required to lock in the grant and are appealing to all our friends to consider a tax deductible donation.
With the extra space we desperately need to store, freeze, chill and sort food, FareShare could support another 10,000 people who are struggling to put food on the table.