The City of
Greater Geelong will provide $50,000 to the Geelong Food Relief Centre to begin
immediately buying fresh food for distribution to people in need.
Councillors agreed to the funding allocation during Tuesday night’s meeting, as
part of $1.5 million in business and community support measures aimed at
helping the Greater Geelong community through the coronavirus pandemic.
Geelong Food Relief Centre will buy and store the food, which will then be
distributed by welfare agencies throughout the region.
The funds aim to help local agencies meet the rising need for food relief in
the region as the devastating financial impacts of the pandemic continue to
In making its $50,000 commitment on Tuesday night, the council also resolved to
advocate to the state government for a $100,000 contribution towards food
relief for the Greater Geelong community.
This short-term measure comes on the back of the council’s allocation of $1
million in the 2019-2020 budget to assist in the long-term sustainability of food
relief services in the region.
The first step in that process has been the commissioning of an independent
Food Assistance Report, which is due to come before the council in May.
It will examine how the City can support and strengthen the existing network of
selfless volunteers distributing food through the various agencies in Greater
It will also look at the feasibility of the council leasing a site for use as a
food relief distribution centre and budgeting a yearly sum to help a third
party operate the venue.
Recently the council made a decision to spend $10,000 to secure an option to
lease a North Geelong site should the plan to set up the distribution centre
A decision to take up this lease and fund the new centre from the start of the
2020-2021 financial year will be made once the recommendations of the Food
Assistance Report have been considered.
See a full list of all community and business support measures announced by the council so far.
Anyone suffering hardship and wanting to seek relief from rates, fees and
charges owing to the City of Greater Geelong can email [email protected] or call 03 5272 5272.
Mayor Stephanie Asher
rising in Melbourne, fresh food is becoming more difficult for relief agencies
here in Greater Geelong to source through donations. Added to this, many of the
local agencies are facing challenges operating in the current environment
because their wonderful volunteers are mostly in the vulnerable age category
This $50,000 contribution from the council will help keep up with the demand,
which tragically is likely to rise over the coming months as more people find
themselves struggling to put food on the table through no fault of their own.
We really hope the money will help local families get through this unbelievably
A big thanks to the many food relief and welfare agencies in our region who are
doing their absolute best to help those in need in very difficult
circumstances. Alongside this funding, councillors will also be looking at how
we can support the agencies in getting the food to the people who need it.