The Ian Potter Foundation is delighted to announce that a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to SecondBite for their ‘Improved Nutrition and Health for Regional & Rural Victoria’ project to expand Second Bite’s operations in regional Victoria.
SecondBite provides access to nutritious fresh food for people in need across Australia by rescuing and redistributing quality surplus fresh food, building community capacity in food skills and nutrition, and advocating for an end to food insecurity.
This project will assist SecondBite to respond to the need of food security programs in rural areas. By establishing and equipping regional hubs in areas such as Mildura, Swan Hill, Benalla, Wangaratta, Wodonga, Shepparton and Bendigo, SecondBite can supply and support local agencies who will distribute the fresh food. The program will greatly expand SecondBite’s current capacity, enhance efficiencies and ensure more surplus fresh food goes to those that need it.
The regional hubs will also host SecondBite’s FoodMate program which supports disadvantaged individuals to become food independent by developing skills in accessing healthy eating and food safety.
“The Ian Potter Foundation has been supporting food security programs since the 1990s. This regional expansion program is further evidence of the need for these programs and endorsement of SecondBite’s success in meeting that need,” commented Janet Hirst, Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation. “We are delighted that regional areas will now benefit from this program.”