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Shepparton FoodShare receives a new home

Catherine King, federal minister for infrastructure, transport, regional development and local government announced Shepparton FoodShare, a local service providing food to those in need, will soon have a new purpose built warehouse.

Works has begun on FoodShare’s new warehouse in Mooroopna, providing a permanent base for the business to operate its food rescue, warehousing and distribution service.

The project is a partnership between the federal and state governments, with $600,000 funded federally and a $2.9 million contribution by the state.

Victorian minister for regional development Gayle Tierney said, “FoodShare’s role in providing nutritious meals for people facing hardship is vital – the Allan Government is proud to back this new warehouse.

Upon completion in 2025, the warehouse will feature loading facilities, an administration office, meeting rooms, storage space, a kitchen and amenities, and parking.

The announcement stated the new warehouse will significantly increase business capacity, helping FoodShare meet growing demand for food relief in the region.

King said, “I am pleased to see our investments be of value to those living in Shepparton and look forward to hearing more about the great work that is being done for the community.”

Shepparton FoodShare distributes around 350,000 kilograms of food per year to registered emergency relief agencies, schools, neighbourhood houses, community meals programs, as well as First Nations and faith organisations.

Shepparton FoodShare chair Jeremy Rensford said, “I’d like to thank the Victorian and Australian Government for backing Shepparton FoodShare’s new warehouse – the demand for our services have never been higher, and this will enable us to reach out and support more people.”

Recipients include individuals, families, children, homeless people, First Nations people and the multicultural community, including new arrivals and refugees.

State member for northern Victoria Jaclyn Symes said, “Shepparton Foodshare holds a special place in our community’s heart, especially for the invaluable support they provided during the pandemic, ensuring access to vital nutrition when it mattered most.”

The project is expected to generate 18 jobs during construction. It is part of the Victorian Government’s investment of more than $41 billion across rural and regional Victoria.

“We’re backing local initiatives, creating new jobs and improving liveability for local communities across Regional Victoria,” said Tierney.

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