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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.
Diamond Valley Community Support (DVCS) is a not-for-profit charitable organisation that has been serving the local community since 1972.
DVCS services are free, confidential,
impartial and independent. We assist over 4,000 people experiencing financial and/or personal hardship each year. We also provide a range of counselling, advice and
referrals services along with many community programs.
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
How Can You Help?
We are seeking donations of food items – or completed parcels that look like this:
1 x Long-life Milk 1L
1 x Cereal (e.g. Weet-Bix, Oats,
Porridge) min. 375g
1 x Tea (min. 50 bags) or Instant
Coffee (min. 100g)
1 x Biscuits (e.g. wafers, snacks) min. 175g
1 x Muesli bars packs (or dried fruits)
2 x Canned Fruit (approx. 400g)
Lunch and dinner
1 x pasta or rice 1kg
1 x Pasta sauce
1 x cooking sauce (eg. stir fry sauce, pasta bake sauce)
3 x Canned Vegetables (400g each)
4 x Instant meals (eg. Canned soups /ready meals /
2 minute noodles) (approx. 400g each)
4 x Canned Fish or Meat (approx. 400g each)
2 x Baked Beans or Spaghetti (min. 420g each)
1 x Tortilla Wraps (pack of 8) or Rice Cakes
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.
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.
What is a Community Pantry?
United Minds Yarrambat
605 Yan Yean Rd, Yarrambat
Mon - Fri 12 - 1pm, Sat 10 - 11am