The Liberal Member for Northern Victoria has reinforced her support for Shepparton Foodshare, seeking funding from the Andrews Labor Government to construct a permanent home for the organisation.
Speaking during the adjournment debate in State Parliament this week, Ms Lovell sang the praises of Shepparton Foodshare, highlighting its wonderful contribution during the recent COVID-19 outbreak in Greater Shepparton.
Ms Lovell said the organisation took a lead role during the crisis, co-ordinating food distribution to the thousands of families unable to access basic goods and services whilst completing their required 14-day quarantine period. Working with other agencies, Shepparton Foodshare distributed more than 61,000 kilograms of food to vulnerable people over ten days.
It was recently announced that Shepparton Foodshare must vacate their current facility in Mooroopna by February 2022. The Foodshare Board plan to purchase land and are seeking government funding to construct a fit-for-purpose facility that will become the organisation’s permanent home.
In her contribution, Ms Lovell sought a funding commitment of $950,000 from the Minister for Disability, Ageing and Carers Luke Donnellan to allow Shepparton Foodshare to build their planned ‘forever home’ and secure the future of this vital community organisation.
Comments attributable to Member for Northern Victoria Wendy Lovell:
“Shepparton Foodshare plays a crucial role in helping the most vulnerable members of our community and services six different local government areas.
“Shepparton Foodshare has never received any recurrent funding from the Andrews Labor Government and relies solely on its own fundraising efforts, the community, and generous philanthropy to operate.
“The provision of the $950,000 would be an appropriate thank you to this magnificent organisation who stepped up to feed thousands of residents forced into quarantine during the recent Covid-19 outbreak in our community.”