For those of us who will enjoy a feast with the family this Christmas, the idea of ‘rescuing’ food might be a strange one. For a team of over 100 volunteers and 2 part time staff who pull together to deliver L.8 million meals per year to those in need, it’s an important part of achieving a vision that no one goes hungry in our region.

SS&A Albury has committed 520,000 per year for three years to Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare, a not-for-profit charity that forms the logistic centre of food distribution in support of many other non-for-profit agencies. AWR FoodShare rescues over 47.8 tonnes of food locally from being wasted every month from various suppliers, predominately supermarkets. The food is then distributed to agencies such as Betty’s Place and St Vincent De Paul.

AWR FoodShare reaches agencies in a 150 kilometres radius from the Albury/Wodonga region. SS&A identified that this was a way to support an organisation that touched the large catchment of their membership. lt was also a way to support the organisation that was working tirelessly in the background to support so many other agencies. Gerard Darmody, CEO at SS&A says: ‘SS&A want to contribute to the community where the club can make the most difference for as many in need as possible. AWR FoodShare was a natural partnership.”

ln addition to this valuable food mission, AWR FoodShare is also a place where people at risk or experiencing hardship can come to be a part of a community and learn skills. Peter Matthews, manager at AWR

FoodShare says: “The volunteers are really the most crucial part of AWR FoodShare’s work. We also wanted to create a workplace where people who are experiencing hardship are engaged and empowered as it is really important to our values.”

For more information on AWR FoodShare, including how to donate or volunteer, visit foodshare.org.au