Sue DeAraugo, Gabrielle Richards and Foodshare’s Cathie Steele. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN

A month long effort to collect non-perishable food items has culminated in almost $5500 worth of food for those doing it tough in Bendigo.

The massive haul, which fills four utes, is part of a car dealership’s Fill It For Foodshare campaign that ran for the entirety of April.

Bendigo Toyota’s marketing team of Gabrielle Richards and Sue DeAraugo spent time outside local supermarkets, calling on the public to donate a couple of extra items during their shop.

“It was simply incredible,” Ms Dearaugo said.

“The response we got from people in the community was nothing short of inspiring.

“Once people heard the work that Foodshare do and the impact their donations can have, they were more than willing to help out and grab a couple of extra things.”

Ms Richards said the firm has sponsored Bendigo Foodshare for a number of years.

“We think the work the Foodshare crew do, to help feed the one in 11 people in our region who experience food poverty every week is outstanding. This is a practical way for us to have an impact and help make difference,” she said.

“We really challenged ourselves to go above and beyond with our Fill It For Foodshare campaign this year, hoping to fill three utes… when in fact we filled four.”