0428 197 715

(this number does not accept hamper orders)

[email protected]

What we do

Warrnambool & District Food Share works with 129 registered agencies and schools to distribute emergency food to families in need across south west Victoria. 

Daily food is rescued from local bakeries, supermarkets and other producers diverting it from landfill (an average 2400kg annually). Food is supplied to us weekly by Food Bank Victoria and Fare Share. In addition, food is donated by the public (95631 kg in 2021). We also purchase essential food products. 

Food is distributed via emergency food hampers (three days’ supply) to Schools’ Fresh Programs (lunch and fruit), community meals i.e. soup kitchens, community breakfast and lunch programs (bulk orders) and bulk ambient (pantry) product to regional partners to further distribute. In 2021 175 tonne of fresh, frozen and ambient food was distributed via our warehouse to our partner agencies feeding 11400 children and 10300 adults. The 10 local supermarkets are very generous each day and provide nutritious fresh fruit and vegetable, fresh bread and grocery products.

We enjoy financial support from many quarters enabling us to purchase essential staple foods for our hampers including cereal, pasta, canned foods and spreads, public donations of groceries are always very much appreciated. 

Our primary aim is to distribute food to those in need addressing food insecurity across our region. 

The Need for Food Security

Food insecurity occurs when people lack secure access to sufficient amounts of safe and nutritious food for normal growth and development and active and healthy life. Food insecurity affects regional Victorians disproportionately to people residing in metropolitan areas (5.3% of regional Victorians vs 3% in metro areas in 2014).

The combined impacts of COVID, recent years of drought and bushfires, housing crises, and the long-tail of the Global Financial Crisis (e.g. factory closures) have increased disparity, with a 2022 study showing an average of 14.4% regional food insecurity.