Helping feed a community in need

COME TOGETHER FOR A GOOD CAUSE… From left, The Woolshed head chef, Anthony Keating, Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe, Diverse Builders sales support and marketing, Jaime Nielson, Shepparton Foodshare operations coordinator, Bec Nicoll, Foodshare chair, Rod Schubert and The Woolshed owner, Angela Mangiameli. Photo: David Lee.

THE growth in the demand for such an essential item such as food across the region, shows just how much the community needs services like Shepparton Foodshare. To help see its continued growth, the organisation is once again holding its Make a Meal of June fundraising dinner.

Running on Wednesday, June 5, Make a Meal of June will be held in a new location this year at The Woolshed, Emerald Bank. Included in the ticket price is a three-course meal. Attendees will also have the opportunity to secure a ‘monthly partner package’ to support Foodshare and will hear from guest speakers from Orange Sky and Education First Youth Foyer.

With no other service offering this support locally, Foodshare needs community support to continue and to help cater for increasing demand. For every $1 donated to Shepparton Foodshare, the equivalent of up to 10 meals are provided.

Shepparton Foodshare chair, Rod Shubert said, “The support from our community for Shepparton Foodshare is heartening.

“The past two years our fundraising dinner has sold out, and at the dinner we were able to secure a monthly partner for every month of the year.

“With no recurrent funding and demand for food relief continuing to rise, our fundraising efforts are now more important than ever.”

Diverse Builders is back on board as the major sponsor for the event. The company’s marketing and sales support officer, Jaime Nielsen said. “We are proud to continue our support of Shepparton Foodshare and love being involved with the fundraising dinner.

“We encourage other local business to take advantage of the genuine value for money ‘monthly partner package’ which we can honestly say has brought numerous benefits to our business.”

Greater Shepparton City Council has again come on board as a sponsor, with Mayor, Cr Kim O’Keeffe saying events like this are important in getting networking happening.

“This event will help to raise community awareness of such an important organisation in Shepparton Foodshare.

“The Shepparton group are leading the way across the state, and this should be recognised.

“Foodshare locally is so important and of great benefit to our region. We need to continue to see it grow and events like this are helpful towards that goal.”

To find out more about sponsorship packages, contact Shepparton Foodshare on 0432 517 329. Tickets are $80 and can be purchased online at