Foodshare's call for help is answered

FAY Barrett has been inundated with offers of support after speaking out about Bendigo Foodshare's transport problems in the Bendigo Advertiser this week.

"I cried when last night when I came home," the donor manager said.

"I had 87 phone calls from people wanting to help.

"I still can't believe it."

Bendigo Foodshare takes donations from businesses and distributes them to other agencies.

The charity has donated 811,000 kilograms of food this financial year, which equates to 1.3 million meals.

About 14,000 people receive support from Foodshare each month.

But donor manager Fay Barrett said donations regularly went to waste as trucks were often unavailable to transport the food.

"I have four really big companies that want to help me and I'm going to catch up with them soon," she said.

"I had people, I didn't even know who they were, who said they loved the story in the Bendigo Advertiser and wanted to help.

"I had a man ring who owns a chain of hotels who said, 'I want to help you', but he didn't want anyone to know who he was, any recognition.

"My phone rang out of charge.

"I also had emails come through.

"I had a company in Melbourne that provides food up here that wants to help me with transport and provide food.

"I was staggered.

"Just from a little interview over the phone, it's been magnificent.

"It was mind-blowing."

Earlier this week, Ms Barrett told the Bendigo Advertiser thousands of kilograms of food are going to landfill instead of needy Bendigo residents each month due to transport problems.

“There are about 10 to 12 pallets of food each month that I can’t pick up," she said.

Ms Barrett said Foodshare also required someone to do maintenance on its truck and help out with fuel to keep it on the road. To help, call Ms Barrett on 0419 180 749 or email

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