Shepparton Foodshare’s Make a Meal of June managed to raise more than $50000 for the organisation on Wednesday night.
The sold-out event was held at Mooroopna’s Bill & Beats and saw 100 people enjoy the chance to listen to guest speaker Karen Spindel from OzHarvest talk about food wastage and what can be done to help those in need.
Shepparton Foodshare plays a critical role in salvaging food in the Goulburn Valley and since 2012 has rescued 1.5million kilograms of food which would have otherwise gone to landfill.
With demand for food from Shepparton Foodshare up by 15per cent on last year there is a clear need for the service to continue within the community.
Shepparton Foodshare chair Bill O’Kane said the inaugural Make a Meal of June event was successful and they hoped to hold it again.
During the night Greater Shepparton City Council Mayor Dinny Adem pledged $20000 on behalf of council while the Tatura Lions Club gave $1000 and the Tatura Rotary Club gave $2000.
Twelve monthly sponsorship packages were auctioned off to local businesses, raising $26000 and the tickets for the event made $3500.
Mr O’Kane said it cost about $100000 a year to run Shepparton Foodshare and they did not receive any government funding.
‘‘The problem we’ve got is our business model is terrible,’’ he said, with a laugh.
‘‘We get food for nothing and we give it away.’’
Mr O’Kane said because of this they relied strongly on the community to assist them, so they could continue to help those in need. He said it was gratifying to see the support they received from the community on Wednesday night.
‘‘It was just fantastic, it was really good,’’ he said.
Shepparton Foodshare board member Cheryl Hammer thanked the many businesses and people who came along to support the night.
Ms Hammer said the organisation’s sponsor Diverse Builders and the event’s auctioneer Kevin Hicks from Kevin Hicks Real Estate played key roles in helping the night run smoothly and they were thankful for that.