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Board members wanted for Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare

Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare, which provides food assistance for those in need, is seeking additional board members.

The volunteer-run charity is the sole logistical hub receiving, rescuing, storing and co-ordinating the distribution of emergency food relief to more than 190 agencies across ten local government areas in the Albury-Wodonga region of Victoria and NSW.

AWRFS is entering a unique period that will see historic change in the delivery of emergency food relief across Victoria.

From April to July the AWRFS Board will set a new strategic direction, supported by CISVic.

AWRFS will work closely with the Victorian state government and other regional FoodShares across Victoria to develop a sustainable business model.

Board members are sought from end of March/early April - end of July 2019 initially, with an expectation that interim members remain on the board after this tenure.

Time commitment is 8 to 12 hours a month, including monthly meetings.

Delivering on specific projects may see an increase in time commitment.

CAPABILITY/REQUIREMENTS:

Representation from NSW and Victoria is essential.

The Board will be active helping CISVIC manage the change process.

Experience in the following is preferred, but not limited to:

• Administration support

• Treasurer

• Change management

• Organisational design

• Active networking, and preparedness to utilise connections and partnerships

• Fundraising and Marketing

• Community organisations who work closely with end users

Those interested should email emma.ghys@gmail.com or phone Richard on 0427 074 771 after 5pm, or email an EOI to info@foodshare.org.au by Tuesday, April 2, 3pm.

According to the National Centre for Social and Economic Modelling, in our region there are 22,230 people which includes 4942 children (0-14 years) living in poverty.

This is defined by those with a household income of less than $368 per week.

That means, in our region, on any given day at least 2223 require food assistance.

Supplying, more than 1.3 million meals each year to people in need, Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare provides a vital and unique service for our most vulnerable.

Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare also runs programs in the community focusing on food security including:

·School Breakfast Program;

·Senior School Engagement Program;

·Youth At Risk Program; and,

·Workplace Volunteer Program.

A second, equally important component to Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare’s work is food rescue.

While Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare receives about 45 per cent of food from Foodbank Victoria, including Second Bite and FairShare, it also plays a key role in local food rescue.

Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare rescues more than 47.8 tonnes per month, diverting this waste from local landfill and ensuring those who need it have access to fresh, nutritious food.

At this time, Albury-Wodonga Regional FoodShare rescues food from more than 30 local food suppliers including farmers, food producers (like Uncle Toby’s and Mars) and supermarkets.