A CROWDFUNDING campaign to support organisations stepping up to help community members in need is a quarter of the way to achieving its goal.
Bendigo Foodshare manager Bridget Bentley said support for the Cafes for COVID campaign had been uplifting and empowering.
The Go Fund Me tally stood at $2500 at the time of writing.
Bendigo Foodshare, Be.Bendigo and City of Greater Bendigo launched the initiative on Thursday.
Cafes for COVID aims to raise $10,000 to help pay for food and cooking supplies from local growers, manufacturers and suppliers.
It will also help pay pubs, restaurants, cafes and caterers using those supplies to make meals.
Meals will be distributed to people accessing the network of food relief partners Bendigo Foodshare supports.
A number of central Victorian organisations have been quietly supporting Bendigo Foodshare for weeks to help meet the need associated with the outbreak of COVID-19, which is only expected to grow.
Some have been donating their time, skills and resources for more than a month, with no thought of payment.
But they are also contending with the effects the pandemic is having on their own industries.
Cafes for COVID could add another source of revenue for organisations eager to get involved, Be.Bendigo's Dennis Bice said at the launch.
To donate, visit gofundme.com/f/bendigo-foodshare-fund
Have you signed up to the Bendigo Advertiser's daily newsletter and breaking news emails? You can register below and make sure you are up to date with everything that's happening in central Victoria.