INCREASED demand for food relief in Bendigo and throughout central Victoria is something we should all be concerned about.
There are many and varied reasons why more and more are seeking assistance to feed themselves or their families - one of which is unemployment.
But for many, even those with jobs are finding it tougher to make ends meet - and underemployment is a significant issue. The rising cost of living, often combined with costly expenses that come with raising children, is becoming too hard for too many.
There is much we need to do to address the reasons why services such as the Salvation Army and Bendigo Foodshare are seeing increased demand for their services.
But next month, there are some practical things every one of us can do.
Bendigo Foodshare has launched its annual Million Meals in May campaign - with the hope of raising the $65,000 it needs to run its operation for another year.
Here's where you can read more about the campaign, and what you can do to help.
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