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Boosting Food Relief for the Bellarine

The Victorian Government is strengthening food relief services across the Bellarine Peninsula ensuring healthy food reaches locals in need.

Ocean Grove based “Feed Me Bellarine” will receive a grant of $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.

Feed Me Bellarine will use the money to further expand its important work with the local hospitality industry and charity organisations like the Salvation Army so that in need  community members can get access to the food they require.

The local project is one of ninety three organisations receiving funding across the state that are being supported thanks to the Community Food Relief Fund. 

The 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.