A State of Emergency has been declared in Victoria due to the serious risk to public health posed by coronavirus (COVID-19). For more information visit the DHHS website.

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29 March, 2020

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A message from Foodbank Victoria CEO: Coronavirus response

The below extract is from the Foodbank website:

“On Sunday 22 March, the Victorian Government announced a new program where Victorians in mandatory isolation – with no access to funds, food, family or friends – will receive emergency relief packages containing food and essential grocery items. We are working hard to pack these packages and ensure they’re ready for distribution by the Red Cross.

And while we’re working hard to help isolated Victorians, our charity partners are seeing an increased demand for food relief. The result of panic-buying and the pressure this has had on supermarkets, has placed a shortage on food and groceries supplied to Foodbank Victoria.

The sheer demand for food relief and ‘social distancing’ means that unlike our bushfire relief efforts, we’re unable to open our doors and accept public food donations. Instead, we’re working with our partners across the food and grocery sector to ensure we have bulk supply of items in most demand, like cereal, UHT milk and canned vegetables.

That’s why we need your help. Everybody is feeling the shortage, but with your financial support we can source essential food and grocery items to continue supporting our charity partners and those isolated Victorians who have no food, family or friends to rely on.

Every $1 donation allows us to provide 2 meals to someone in need. You can make an online donation here.

Requests for care packages can be made by calling Victoria’s dedicated coronavirus hotline on 1800 675 398. More information can be found here.

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