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A meal to help food relief

By Tara Whitsed

Shepparton Foodshare’s annual ‘Make a Meal of June’ fundraising dinner is moving to a new venue this year — The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank.

The annual event has sold out in the past two years, according to Shepparton Foodshare chair Rod Schubert.

‘‘The support from our community for Shepparton Foodshare is heartening,’’ he said.

‘‘At the dinner we were able to secure a monthly partner for every month of the year.

‘‘With no recurrent funding and demand for food relief continuing to rise, our fundraising efforts are now more important than ever.’’

Make a Meal of June includes a three-course meal and attendees have the chance to secure a monthly partner package to support Foodshare.

Guest speakers from Orange Sky and Education First Youth Foyer will talk about their work.

Orange Sky is a service that helps to positively connect people in need through free laundry, showers and conversation.

Education First Youth Foyer focuses on education and provides secure housing as a means of enabling young people to focus on their studies.

Foodbank Australia’s 2018 Foodbank Hunger Report showed Australians living in regional areas, such as Shepparton, were 33 per cent more likely than those living in cities to have experienced food insecurity in the past 12 months.

With no other service offering this support locally, Foodshare needs community support to continue and to help cater for increasing demand.

According to Mr Schubert, for every $1 donated to Shepparton Foodshare, up to 10 meals were provided.

On average 300000kg of food was distributed to registered emergency relief agencies, schools and churches annually, according to a Shepparton Foodshare.

To deliver the service, Foodshare was supported by more than 20 volunteers who, combined, donated more than 100 hours each week.

The event is supported by Greater Shepparton City Council and Diverse Builders. The dinner is on Wednesday, June 5, at The Woolshed @ Emerald Bank. Tickets cost $80 and are available online at Eventbrite.