Keeping hunger at bay

Melton food banks Stav and crew ramping up for winter. Pic Marco De Luca

Melton residents are helping the fight against hunger this winter by joining a fundraising campaign for meal deliveries to people in need.

SecondBite, a national charity which redistributes surplus fresh food, is one of a group of charities that pitches in to supply food for the Northpoint Centre in Melton South.

Customers donate $2 at Coles so SecondBite can provide the equivalent of 10 nutritious meals to disadvantaged Australians.

Northpoint manager Stav Gouros said the number of people reaching out for food parcels increases in the colder months.

“We want to let people know that we are here for anyone in need that has a Centrelink card,” Ms Gouros said.

“People tend to eat a lot more in the winter months and we reach out to a lot more people.

“We don’t turn people away if we can see that they are in need.”

Northpoint Centre provides more than 1200 food parcels every week to individuals and families in need across Melbourne and in Melton.

FairShare and Foodbank Victoria also provide food and ready-made meals to Northpoint.

Coles state manager Mark O’Connor encouraged locals to support the important cause this winter.

“We want to do more to support the increasing number of Aussies who are struggling to put food on the table through our partnership with SecondBite,” Mr O’Connor said.