BOOSTING FOOD RELIEF FOR THE WYNDHAM COMMUNITY

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across Wyndham, ensuring healthy food reaches Victorians in need.

Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will receive $75,000 as part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to ensuring all Victorians have access to fresh, healthy food.

The $5 million Community Food Relief Fund is part of the recently announced $11.3 million investment to boost food relief activities for vulnerable Victorians.

The package builds on $7.4 million already announced earlier this year to expand food relief operations and deliver more free and nutritious meals, which is creating 119 new food relief jobs.

Hoppers Crossing Gurudwara will use the money to purchase a new free food van to expand capacity and their capability so that people in Wyndham can get access to the food they need.

Across Victoira 93 projects will enable food relief organisations to provide an additional 2,000,000 meals and 180,000 food hampers to Victorians in need.

In addition to the Community Food Relief Fund, the Victorian Government is also investing in the network of food distribution hubs in regional areas, with $3.5 million to strengthen the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity.

A Food Relief Taskforce is also being established to bring together key industry leaders and representatives from all tiers of government to ensure food supply and distribution is coordinated and targeted to areas most in need.

For more information on the Community Food Relief Fund and to see all recipients, please visit https://www.dhhs.vic.gov.au/community-inclusion-and-food-relief-coronavirus-covid-19

Quotes attributable to Member for Tarneit, Sarah Connolly

“Hoppers Crossing Gurduwara make a real difference to people struggling to put food on the table locally.”

Quotes attributable to Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan

“Every Victorian deserves access to fresh and healthy food – wihich is why we’re boosting resources for community-based food relief services.”

“We’re working with the food relief sector to enhance coordination and ensure that food relief is targeted to locations in need.”

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