Simon Welsh, Chair, Albury Wodonga Regional Food Share

Since the fires, Albury Wodonga Regional Food Share (AWRFS) has experienced a sustained 40 per cent increase in demand for food. AWRFS Chair Simon Welsh said, ‘For many people, it’s the first time they’ve ever had to ask for help like this. For proud, hard-working people that can be really hard in itself.

‘Our great challenge is not just securing the volume of food needed, it’s making sure we get that food to everyone who needs it. We won’t leave anyone behind.

‘The grant from the Victorian Bushfire Appeal Fund will enable us to ensure our food supply and make it easier for people in need to access food and other essential items.’

AWRFS provided food for more than 2,500 people.