Foodshare service is going online

RIGHT: National Industrial Skills Training Centre manager Steven Lillis, Foodshare founder and secretary Deanne Drage and Foodbank Victoria operations manager Chris Scott at the launch of a new website for Foodshare. Picture: DAVID THORPE

RIGHT: National Industrial Skills Training Centre manager Steven Lillis, Foodshare founder and secretary Deanne Drage and Foodbank Victoria operations manager Chris Scott at the launch of a new website for Foodshare. Picture: DAVID THORPE

WELFARE agencies will soon get an online look at the food available in the Albury-Wodonga Regional Foodshare warehouse after a new website launched yesterday.

The charity organisation co-ordinates the collection, storage and distribution of quality rescued food to welfare agencies that then supply to people and families in need.

Welfare agencies and school groups, who are recipients of the food, attended the launch at Wodonga TAFE.

“This website means a more streamlined approach for services, like online orders,” Foodshare deputy chairwoman of the board Tracey Farrant said.

“Today is also about celebrating our progress.”

Foodshare now collects and supplies more than 678 tonnes of food, enough to produce more than 1.3 million packaged and pre-made meals.

The website, foodshare.org.au, is expected to be up and running early next month.

Rescued food — provided by supermarkets and primary producers — is collected and stored at the Foodshare warehousing facility, a space donated by Wodonga TAFE.

The food is distributed to 98 welfare agencies based in a 150-kilometre radius around Albury-Wodonga.

Wodonga TAFE chief executive Michael O’Loughlin said TAFE was a “big supporter”.

“Having personally seen some of the food come in and out of the warehouse at TAFE, the volume can only be described as staggering,” he said.

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