Member for Morwell Russell Northe has today noted the launch of the State Governments $5 million Community Food Relief Fund that will help support local community organisations in supplying food to Victorians in need.
“One-off grants of up to $75,000 are available to enable organisations to increase capacity to deliver and store food, whilst supporting COVID safe business operations” said Mr Northe.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, community organisations have experienced increased demand for emergency food relief services, with many families now finding themselves in financial hardship due to reduced working hours or even the loss of employment.
“It is very pleasing to see that organisations can apply for much-needed funding to allow them to continue providing such crucial services such as emergency food relief support to community members in need” Mr Northe said.
Funding can be used to purchase infrastructure, such as updated IT and management software, refrigerated vans and support COVID safe practices or to attract new volunteers to support the delivery of food programs.
“I encourage local eligible community organisations to apply for funding through this program which will ultimately make a positive difference to individuals and families in the Latrobe Valley” Mr Northe added.
Grants are open to all Victorian community food relief organisations including those that are in partnerships with local councils. Applications are open now and will close at 2:00pm Monday 26 October 2020.
Mr Northe also said it was important the State Government provided detail of when the promised Foodbank Morwell Hub would be delivered.
“Prior to the 2018 State election, the Government committed to the establishment of a Foodbank Hub in Morwell which was very much welcomed. Foodbank is such an incredibly respected and valued organisation and their support of those in need well understood” Mr Northe said.
“Two years on it is still unclear when this important and worthy project will be delivered and as demand for emergency food relief has risen markedly, it’s imperative to understand how, where and when this service will be operational” Mr Northe concluded.