A Warragul based food relief organisation has been awarded a cheque for $4500 from the Volunteer Grants 2015 program.
Baw-Baw Combined Churches Food Relief is one of 71 groups in the McMillian electorate that were awarded a cut of the $242,953 provided by the Volunteer Grants program.
BBCC Food Relief aims to provide food aid and support to families and individuals in need living in the Baw Baw Shire with assistance from local organisations.
Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, visited the Baw-Baw Combined Food Relief group’s factory last Thursday to present the cheque.
Mr Broadbent spoke highly of the volunteer group and commemorated their efforts.
“Baw-Baw Combined Churches Food Relief is staffed by a wonderful group of tireless volunteers who are giving something back to the local community.”
“Aside from offering food relief, the group also has a fantastic op shop, filled with old and new items alike,” Mr Broadbent said.
Annual grants between $1,000 and $5,000 are for the purchase of small equipment items, contribute towards the cost of training courses and background checks, and help to reimburse volunteers for the cost of their fuel or transport.
Member for McMillan, Russell Broadbent, emphasises the importance of local volunteers and contributing to a cause that benefits the community.
“Volunteers play a critical role in helping shape Australia and building stronger and more resilient communities,” Mr Broadbent said.
“Their generosity ripples through almost every aspect of Australian society, whether it be helping out local sporting clubs or land care groups, assisting our most disadvantaged, or helping recover from natural disasters.”
To find out more information about BBC Food Relief or to discover how you can contribute to the group visit http://www.warragul.foodrelief.org.au