Demand growing – but you can help

To meet the needs of hungry Victorians, Foodbank regularly analyses our requirements and develops future projections. Right now, we are seeing a heartbreaking increase in demand across all services – and we will only keep up with help from generous supporters like you.

Volunteer and charity organisations that call upon Foodbank for assistance, such as Theodora’s Cheerful Givers, are receiving more calls for help every week.

This registered charity operating in the Morwell and Frankston areas is dedicated to providing care and support to families and individuals enduring financial hardship, providing free cooked meals, frozen meals and food parcels every week of the year.

Founder Gina Poulos – Frankston City Council’s Senior Citizen of the Year 2020 – reports an alarming increase in demand. She says the rapidly increasing cost of living is putting immense pressure on Victorian families.

“It’s very worrying that so many people are struggling, especially families with little children,” Gina said.

“Last week, at one location we visit every Wednesday, we served a three course meal for up to 90 people – significantly more than the previous week. We’re also supplying 1400 frozen meals a week right across our region and up to Camberwell.

“I hear stories of people who haven’t eaten for days to make sure their children have enough food. There are people living in their car, relying on us for food hampers.

“Thank goodness we have Foodbank to call upon to help meet this need. Without their help, I can’t imagine how we would feed everyone who needs us.”

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