Addressing Food Security Challenges
DVCS Food Collective is a local service of delivery and donation partners, community organisations and individuals working together to address food security challenges for vulnerable and disadvantaged community members in the Diamond Valley Region.
How do we do it?
We do this by sourcing and supplying food parcels and meals to those who are experiencing financial crisis and needing emergency relief assistance.
We rely on volunteers to create and distribute pre-packed parcels, to those more isolated community members.
We also fundraise to subsidise the cost of purchasing food, to make sure these products are available more consistently.
Community Pantry Project
A community pantry is a cupboard full of non-perishable food, located in an accessible space, for community members who are experiencing food insecurity to help themselves to. Ideally, they are accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week, require no appointments and are open to whoever needs food.
The Community Pantry Network has a “Give what you can, take what you need” philosophy with people able to donate to the pantry as well. Pantries consist largely healthy nutritious non-perishable food, toiletries and information to bring relief closer to where people need to access it.
Each Community Pantry is managed by local community groups and is supported by Diamond Valley Community Support and the Food Collective Project.
Funds will go to cover expenses associated with sourcing, storing, picking, packing and transporting food. Financial donations will be used directly for Food Collective purposes to ensure the food gets to the people who need it most.