Food relief news and updates

The Victorian Government is working to ensure the food relief system meets the needs of people experiencing vulnerability during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boost to food relief activity in Victoria

In June 2021, $2.8 million was provided to state-wide food relief providers and key regional charities and distribution centres to deliver more food to Victorians in need, support local hospitality businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic, and keep more Victorians in work.

Find out about the Funded projects – June 2021 boost to food relief (Word).

Community Food Relief Fund

The Community Food Relief Fund is supporting local community organisations that supply food to Victorians in need during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Community organisations are using one-off grants of up to $75,000 to:

  • increase and improve their capacity to deliver and store food
  • support COVIDSafe business operations and recruit volunteers to help with business operations.

Successful grant recipient organisations were announced in January 2021. Find out about the Community Food Relief Fund - Successful grant recipients (Word).

Regional Food Relief Networks Program 

Five designated regional food relief hubs have been funded to increase the capacity of food relief storage and distribution services in regional Victoria. The hubs will ensure food gets to where it’s needed by strengthening the link between suppliers and those experiencing food insecurity.

Foodbank Victoria and the government have selected these organisations to provide food relief hub services:

  • Albury-Wodonga Regional Foodshare
  • Bendigo Foodshare
  • Geelong Relief Centre
  • Mildura Foodshare
  • Warrnambool and District Foodshare.

The $3.5 million allocated to the regional food relief hubs builds on $10 million already being invested by the government for new Foodbank distribution centres in Ballarat and Morwell. Once complete in late 2022, the centres will enable a coordinated food relief response across Victoria.

Food relief distribution services

The Victorian Government is providing more support to the food relief distribution agencies. Should your organisation deliver a food relief program, you may be eligible to receive regular food donations.

Find out which agencies can help in Food Relief Distribution Services (Word)