Hills Win Grant Awards
Food relief services across the state were awarded a much needed boost through grants to ensure Victorians have access to healthy food. Grant recipients will create local food programs to meet community needs, including purchasing of storage equipment, IT software, delivery vans and building improvements.
Organisations such as The Community Grocer, with a base in Pakenham, received almost $69,000 to expand their fresh food hamper program and develop an innovative new voucher program for people experiencing disadvantage. Other organisations were funded to build regional food hubs to increase community access to food address transport networks.
Emerald Community House Inc. was awarded $61k for the Dig In Community Food Hub to ensure that the community, regardless of disadvantage or need, can source healthy food. The Hub will be managed by ECH and be linked to their current free food provision, provide reliable broad spectrum access to healthy food, reduce waste and increase accessibility to food. The off grid old Emerald bakehouse at the rear of Commonwealth Bank will be kitted out to support the innovative community food enterprise. Other hills winners include The Philanthropic Collective ($26,210), Foothills Community Care Inc. ($73,763) and Outer East Foodshare Inc. ($10,013).
“Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – which is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services and ensuring all families can stay happy and healthy,” said Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers, Luke Donnellan.
For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, visit dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19.