Feed Geelong Grants
It is widely recognised that food insecurity has detrimental effects on the health of individuals, families and the community as a whole. Within the G21 region evidence suggests that not everyone has regular access to food and that food insecurity is a growing issue.
In 2014 the Give Where You Live Foundation undertook with the City of Greater Geelong Food for Thought: A Needs Assessment of Food Assistance in the Geelong Region, Victoria. This Report documented the current state of the emergency food assistance system. The Report found:
- that an estimated 368,732 meals per year are provided by the food assistance system in Geelong
- that 72% of food assistance providers identified that more than 50% of their clients are considered long term (coming for more than 6 months)
- and that 64% of food assistance providers reported an increase in clients seeking food assistance in the past year
The Report identified that there are more than 50 organisations running at least 99 programs in the G21 region that provide emergency food assistance to men, women and children in need. These are just the organisations we were able to identify and engage in the Report – we believe there are more. Many of these organisations are run by volunteers. Many of these organisations are run on a small budgets.
Each year the Feed Geelong appeal seeks to provide organisations like these with resources to increase access to nutritious food for those most vulnerable in our community. In 2016 the Feed Geelong Grant Program provided small grants of up to $5,000 to help organisations improve food supply and access to nutritional food. Specifically grants could be used for:
- Kitchen and storage infrastructure (e.g. cupboards and storage containers, refrigerators, freezers, trolley, food processors, kitchen equipment)
- Minor capital works projects (building out a food pantry, installing shelving, building a cool room)
- Programs that prepare and deliver food and/or support the development of nutrition knowledge and food preparation skills to those experiencing food insecurity
- Transportation of food (e.g. funding toward refrigerated vehicles or trailers, fuel)
- Nutritious and culturally appropriate food (e.g. meat, dairy, fruit and veg ) when it is unable to be sourced through donations
2016 Feed Geelong Grant Recipients
We are pleased to announce that $34,845 in grants were made from funds raised during the 2016 Feed Geelong campaign to the following organisations:
Christ Church Community Meals Program – To improve the health of some of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable in our community by providing access to more fruit through the Christchurch Community Meals breakfast program.
Diversitat – To provide culturally appropriate food to over 150 asylum seekers experiencing financial hardship within the Geelong region.
Geelong Food Relief Centre – To support improved nutrition for those who utilise the Geelong Food Relief Centre mini-marts by introducing educational opportunities that includes cooking demonstrations by volunteer chefs using products found in the mini marts.
Geelong Mums – To help to feed 40 newborn babies and young children from highly disadvantaged families, who require specialist formula due to lactose intolerance and other medical conditions.
OneCare Geelong Ltd – To support the storage, preparation and distribution of food to thise who are disadvantaged or marginalised through the Community Meals program and “Global Food Share program.
Samaritan House Geelong – To ensure that each night Samaritan House Geelong can provide a nutritious and sustaining shared evening meal for up to 13 homeless men who access crisis overnight accommodation at the facility.
SecondBite – To support the collection and redistribution of over 300,000 kilograms of high quality fresh food that would otherwise go to waste 6 days a week to approximately 120 food programs and their clients across the Geelong region.
UnitingCare Geelong – To assist those in the Geelong Community who are without food by financing the installation of a freezer in the UnitingCare Geelong Food room at Norlane. The freezer will allow more food to be received and safely stored until required by clients.
For questions please contact Cynthia Scherer via email or phone (03) 5229-4364.