Let’s bolster the Food Pantry!

CCH manager Martyn Shaddick is pictured with some of the goods provided though their fortnightly delivery from Bendigo Foodshare.

The Castlemaine Mail is throwing our support behind our friends at the Castlemaine Community House (CCH) by holding a Christmas Food Drive to ensure their ‘Food Pantry’ is fully stocked to support community members doing it tough this festive season.

We invite community members to donate good quality and in-date non-perishable food items and toiletries by placing them under the CCH Food Pantry Christmas Tree at our office at 13 Hargraves Street, Castlemaine between now and Christmas.

The CCH Food Pantry located at the CCH Headquarters at 30 Templeton Street is open for anyone and everyone!

This initiative aims to complement the existing services provided by The Salvation Army and St Vincent de Paul in Mount Alexander Shire, addressing the increasing demand for food relief in our community.

No appointments are necessary, simply drop into Community House, see their friendly reception staff for directions to the pantry, and then help yourself.

The pantry can be accessed Monday to Friday between 9am – 3pm.

The CCH Food Pantry is fortunate to receive a fortnightly delivery from the team at Bendigo Foodshare which bolsters their fresh fruit, vegetables, baked goods, eggs and other staples but this is quickly snapped up. 

CCH Customer Service Officer Kelsey Docherty said they would really welcome the donation of more non-perishable items to ensure nobody goes without.

Some of the items community members may like to donate to our Food Drive Appeal which have been mentioned or requested in the CCH Food Pantry feedback forms include: baked beans and tinned spaghetti; tuna; chunky soup; two-minute noodles/noodle cups; lentils and chickpeas; instant side dishes (rice and pasta); tinned veg and fruit; herbs and spices; long life milk; spreads; tea, coffee and sugar.

“We also welcome the donation of toiletry items such as shampoo, tooth paste and sanity products and dog or cat food,” Kelsey said.

Alternatively community members can make a cash donation to support the Food Pantry via the PayPal link on the CCH website at https://cch.org.au/food-pantry/

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