In amongst the stories of heartbreak during the bushfire crisis, there are stories of incredible generosity and gratitude. The small community of Cobargo was one of the hardest hit. Thanks to people like you, Foodbank was able to quickly support this community that had lost so much.

“We just got out with our lives,” said Cecilia Matthews. “We fell asleep while we were waiting to evacuate and woke when we felt the extreme heat around the house. I can’t believe the generosity we’ve seen – so much food and water donated.”

Foodbank CEO, Gerry Andersen visited the Cobargo showgrounds and met the 50 homeless families living in a tent city, waiting to work out what to do with the rest of their lives.

“It’s wonderful to see our Foodbank community pulling together to support Bushfire affected communities and partners like Coles and Bobbins Transport helping us deliver a semi-trailer loads of much needed fresh produce and grocery items.”

Foodbank partner charity, Sapphire Community Pantry was open around the clock to help.



“It’s heartbreaking to see people arriving in tears who have lost so much. These donations of water, fruit and veg, and staples are helping people get back to normal. But there are many months of recovery ahead. Businesses have gone under, people are struggling. We really need the support to keep going.”