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Rotary Club of Warrnambool helping food share

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 11:45


But the humble baked bean has been thrust into the spotlight again thanks to a partnership between two of Warrnambool's most community-minded organisations.

The Rotary Club of Warrnambool has delivered the goods, literally, for Warrnambool and District Food Share.

The Rotary club has presented food share with a pallet of baked beans, 1500 cans in total.

Food share executive officer Dedy Friebe said the donation was very welcome.

"It is very difficult for us to get bulk donations like this so this is very valuable to us," Mr Friebe said.

"It is great to get this kind of support.

"Baked beans are a really important staple in our food hampers and this pallet should last us up to six months.

"It is very generous from Rotary and a big undertaking, not only did they donate the baked beans but they drove to Ballarat and collected them and brought them back for us."

The baked beans donation was the brainchild of Rotary Club of Warrnambool member Ann Donaldson.

Mr Friebe was a recent guest speaker via a Rotary club zoom meeting, talking to members about the work carried out at food share and the logistics behind it.

Ms Donaldson said she was inspired by Mr Friebe's presentation and thought the club could play a part.

"I just thought we could do something to help and the donation of food was an obvious choice," Ms Donaldson said.

"All the members thought it was an idea worth following up so that's how it got started."

Ms Donaldson started a collection, with contributions from club members, while the public was able to put in their bit through a donation box at Warrnambool business Periwinkle Patchwork.

It turned out to be a successful campaign, with enough money, $1280, for a pallet of baked beans quickly raised.

Ms Donaldson said baked beans were an easy choice to make when selecting a food to donate.

"Baked beans are high in protein and very nutritious," she said.

"They are also such a handy meal to have in the house.

"You can eat them for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and you can have them hot or cold."

Anthony Brady
Warrnambool Standard Newspaper