A CHARITY supplying food for struggling families on both sides of the border will be the beneficiary of a much needed funding injection if an Albury councillor has his way.
Cr Darren Cameron has submitted a notice of motion to his council’s next meeting on Monday calling on it to make a one-off donation of $10,000 to Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare.
If successful in winning support for the move, Albury mayor Kevin Mack will be asked to write to Wodonga Council to match the donation in the spirit of the Two Cities, One Community initiative.
“It is a worthy cause and worthy of keeping going,” he said.
“They provide an important service in our community and there are families who very much rely on it.
“I hope my fellow councillors will support this and if successful I hope Wodonga Council will also come to the party and support it.
“The state governments in NSW and Victoria also have a role to play and make available some similar funding.”
The proposed one-off funding contribution by Albury Council will be in addition to the ongoing backing of Glenecho Neighbourhood Centre in Glenroy.
FoodShare chairman Greg Hardham said any support was welcomed.
“We are encouraging anyone who has any good ideas to bring them forward,” he said.
“We’ve had a number of positive responses and the community is definitely rallying to our plight.”
FoodShare recently stated $50,000 would be the minimum amount needed to maintain existing operations.
It presently provides food to the needy in North-East Victoria and southern NSW, but unless there was a short-term financial injection services may need to be cut.
FoodShare is not directly bankrolled by government.
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