Annie, John and Daryl. Photo: Andrew Perryman.

Bendigo Foodshare’s annual fundraising appeal Bendigo Bank Million Meals in May has continued to raise funds for food poverty despite officially closing in May.
The campaign included the launch of Soupfest which saw cafes, restaurants, schools and community groups host soup-themed fundraisers.
A total of 150 businesses across Greater Bendigo and Castlemaine also collected donations towards the appeal.
The campaign had a target of $65,000 but support from the Bendigo community saw donations continue throughout June and early July bringing the official fundraising tally to $76,500.
Bendigo Foodshare is now feeding more than 12,000 local people each week via food distributions to local charities, community groups and schools.
Bendigo Foodshare’s Chair Cathie Steele said the appeal had resonated strongly with local people.
“Our recipients aren’t so different from many of our donors. They’re just everyday people who have fallen on hard times.” Ms Steele said.
Donations to Bendigo Foodshare can be made year-round via the Bendigo Foodshare website bendigofoodshare.org.au.