The campaign to find a new home for a major Border food charity includes, appropriately, refreshments.
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare held a morning tea on Friday for potential sponsors and is planning a fundraising dinner next month.
FoodShare manager Peter Matthews said Wodonga TAFE had generously supplied the premises for six years but now the charity had to move, with January 31 a possible final day.
"So we're in the process of looking for a commercial rent warehouse situation or a supported rent situation to tide us through with the long-term objective of building a purpose-built facility," he said.
As well as "applying for every grant we can see", FoodShare is raising money through events like the September 20 dinner at Old Beechworth Gaol.
The gourmet meal will be provided by Taste Trekkers, with Traviarti wine and Billson's beverages. Book tickets at foodshare.org.au/dinner.
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Participants in Friday's warehouse tour saw a different side of food in the form of shelves stacked high with contributed and rescued goods.
"We have about 44 suppliers which are either wholesalers, retailers or manufacturers and then we have about 20 farms we access local produce from," Mr Matthews said.
"North East Victoria is a huge manufacturing centre for Australia, actually, ... and we get donations from all those organisations."
Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare distributes the equivalent of 1.3 million meals a year to more than 210 agencies and schools across nine local government areas in NSW and Victoria.
"Of the 210 registered agencies, about 150 come to FoodShare on a weekly basis," the manager said.
Uniting is one of the biggest recipients, with St Stephen's Wodonga casual relief co-ordinator Dennis Martin pointing out the agency doesn't turn anyone away.
People seeking emergency food relief comprise a cross-section of the population, including parents of young children, those on disability support pensions and the homeless.
"We do have a large amount of people on Newstart who are finding it hard because they may have private rental," Mr Martin said.
"Our job isn't necessarily just to give them food, we're trying to help them get out of the situation that they're in.
"Making sure that they've got a good quality of life as much as they can."
Mr Matthews said a warehouse of 800 square metres would be an ideal size.
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