Outer East Foodshare started in 2013.
We provide a link between Foodbank Victoria, OzHarvest, local food businesses and food relief agencies in the Yarra Ranges.
We collect food from donors such as Foodbank Victoria, OzHarvest and local food growers and businesses, and distribute it to agencies in the Yarra Ranges. We are currently working with five agencies.
We host and facilitate workshops for food relief agencies in the area to strengthen their organisational capacity and upskill their volunteers.
At the start of Lockdown 5 in Melbourne, we got a call from Karanga Nursery in York Road, Mt Evelyn. They had cakes, bread, milk and vegies that they could no longer use.
We were able to use our refrigerated van to pick up these wonderful food items and delivered it all to the Philanthropic Collective.
Andrew from the Philanthropic Collective called to thank our volunteers Di and Patrick…
“Thank you to you both...I called Karanga Nursery yesterday and spoke to Alexa and thanked them for making so many families, who would never have the money to purchase such wonderful cakes, so happy.”
Volunteer Your Time
The only way for our initiatives to be successful is for the community to actively get involved. This is an easy way of contributing to the great work we do at Outer East Foodshare. Get in touch with any questions about how you can volunteer your time today.
We are currently looking for the following volunteer roles:
Social Enterprise development
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We are a Deductible Gift Recipient therefore any donation
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Thank you for your support. We really appreciate it.
A story about one of our clients by Edwin Dong
The Uniting Church in Yarra Junction assists families, children and individuals in the Upper Yarra Valley, about 60 kms east of Melbourne. The organisation helps with food relief for their clients by donating foods to those who are struggling to access nutritional foods due to financial hardships.
The Church collects a portion of their food supplies from Outer East Foodshare, a distributor of donated foods across the Yarra Ranges. They have been ongoing partners with Outer East Foodshare for more than 5 years. Susan, a volunteer at the Uniting Church, who collects foods from Outer East Foodshare in Lilydale, reports that the distribution of foods that have been provided to their agency alleviates client concerns of shortage of foods and offers them a great variety of nutritional food options such as vegetables, fruit, quiches, yoghurt and some awesome desserts.
Susan further mentions the number of people that their organisation has assisted in providing accessible foods was on average 80 people per fortnight. Many of these people have gave positive feedback and were thankful for the generosity of the donated foods.
Not only does the act of donating foods minimise wastage, but it also creates a significant difference in helping those who are less fortunate and encourages community participation.