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Food Hampers For Needy

Food Hampers For Needy

Locals Encouraged to Accept Help if They Need It

Wodonga locals who are doing it tough can access free food hampers today in an anonymous, drive-through service.

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Albury Wodonga Foodshare is offering hampers with enough non-perishable food to last a family for a week.

There will be 150 hampers available between 11.30am and 2.30pm today, at their new facility at 81 Wigg Street in Wodonga.

"Some people don't know where to go or are reluctant to ask for support," explains General Manager Peter Matthews. "So this is anonymous, free and they can just drive in, we'll put the hamper in the back of their car, and off they go!"

Mr Matthews says it has been a difficult time for many, and they wanted to make sure there were many different ways that people could get food if they need it.

Foodshare is still supplying bulk food to agencies around the region, and Mr Matthews says there's been a huge increase in demand for their Meals Program - which supplies cooked meals.

"In some cases the lockdown has made people nervous to leave their home if they've got compromised immune systems, so we've upscaled our delivery service," he says.

"That's been a huge increase, probably a 100% increase in demand over the last couple of weeks."

Foodshare plans to offer the drive-through food hampers in Albury next week. To find out more, head to https://foodshare.org.au/.

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