Eaglehawk Community House coordinator Tracey Clarke. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

More fresh and frozen foods are on their way to Bendigo to support struggling families following new state government funding.

An additional $132,000 will be provided to Foodbank Victoria over the next four years to support chilled, fresh and frozen food deliveries to services like Bendigo Foodshare.

Recent challenges with freight providers have meant Bendigo Foodshare and other local charity groups in the region have received less donated foods than usual.

The new money will help Foodbank establish a secure delivery service, so that vulnerable central Victorian families get the foods they need.

The service is expected to start in the next fortnight.

Foodbank distributes about 400,000 kilograms of food to Bendigo Foodshare and its 13 charity partners in central Victoria each year – equating to more than 700,000 meals.

Foodbank is supported by the state government, as well as donors and corporations who provide funding and access to excess food from retailers, manufacturers and farmers for distribution to more than 470 locally-run, not-for-profit organisations around Victoria.

These local organisations provide food to people and families in need through programs such as community pantries, cooked lunch and dinner programs, as well as emergency food hampers.

Member for Bendigo West Maree Edwards said it’s good news for the community.

“It will be a huge relief to many vulnerable families who will now be able to get the support they need,” she said.