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Warragul Food Relief Project managers Anne and Trish.

Office phone number is 03 5622 3891
or Phone Anne on 0419 375 813
or Phone Trish on 0422 031 689.

Food Relief provides food aid and support for families and individuals in need in the Baw Baw Shire. With the grateful assistance of local organisations we receive food and financial support to enable Food Relief to operate. We also operate an Opportunity Shop to raise funds towards our operating costs. Food Relief and the Op Shop is staffed entirely by friendly local volunteers.

Our opening hours are
Food Relief : Mon - Thurs inclusive, 10.00am to 2.00pm.
Op Shop: Mon - Thur inclusive, 9.00am to 3.00pm and every Sat 8.00am - 1.00pm

Our new premises at Eastern Park, Warragul.

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Our premises are at 6/11 Pearse St, Warragul. To find us from the centre of Warragul, head towards Nilma along Queen St and turn left at the Holden Dealership into Pearse St. After 400m turn right into Eastern Park Industrial Park - we are the third Unit on the left. To find us from Nilma, head towards Warragul along Queen St and turn right into Pearse St. After 400m, turn right into Eastern Park Industrial Park - we are third Unit on the left.

Can we help you? The first step for anyone in need of short term / emergency food assistance is to register with us. Each client must reside in the Baw Baw Shire and should be a current Health Care / Pensioner Concession Card holder (or recent applicant to Centrelink). Once registered clients can make up to eight visits per year for food assistance. We also cater for those in extenuating circumstances who are not yet Card Holders eg. after loss of employment or natural disasters such as bush fires.

We ask each client for a $10 donation per visit, which provides the opportunity to "shop" for a range of items from our food bank. The donation assists towards the purchase of food items that aren't donated to Food Relief. It is appreciated if clients can bring their own bags or boxes. One of our objectives is to provide access to healthy foods including fruit, vegetables and bread. We also operate a free cafe service where visitors can sit and relax, and have a chat with our friendly and supportive volunteers. We also provide an alternative option, available weekly at no cost, for free fruit and vegetables, on Monday to Thursday from 1 - 2 pm.

Fortunately, our current food relief premises are large enough to cater for a good sized area for our supermarket items and the freezers. Adjacent to the supermarket, is a very comfortable area where our clients and visitors can sit and relax, and enjoy a free cuppa and snacks, and if needed, have a chat with some of our friendly and very supportive volunteers.

We appreciate donations of items for our Op Shop including clothing, toys, books, bric-a-brac and general goods. We believe in effective and environmentally friendly recycling - which is provided by our Op Shop. We also believe in fair prices with our Op Shop aiming to have the lowest prices in Warragul.

It is a great means of effective environmentally friendly recycling, and even though our Charity Shop prices are extremely competitive, ( ie. very low ) we appreciate the opportunity to occasional pass on items to those in need, free of charge.

There are four types of assistance that we would be very grateful to receive.
#1 Food items for Food Relief
#2 Items for our Op Shop
#3 Volunteers wishing to be involved with our Food Relief service and Opportunity Shop
#4 Financial donations

Cash donations can be made in person at 6/11 Pearse St, or you can may a direct bank deposit as follows -
BSB: 633-108
Bank : Bendigo Bank
Branch : Warragul
Account Number: 141339283
Account Name: Baw Baw Combined Churches Food Relief Inc.
Reference : Donation (note your name or Anonymous if preferred).

If needed, Food Relief Warragul also can offer advice and referrals regarding local counselling, drug rehabilitation, alcoholism support, gambling addition, and domestic violence support, plus contacts for Government assistance, and other Local services.
Some helpful links are listed below.

Gippscare / Salvation Army Support Services
for emergency housing in and around Warragul.
Gippscare / Quantum Support Services
for emergency housing in and around Warragul.
Baw Baw Shire Community Directory
for local services and community groups
Latrobe Community Health Service
for Alcohol and Drug rehab.
Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation
Gamblers Help
Christians Against Poverty - Australia
Free Budgeting and financial service - Warragul Office.
St Vincent's De Paul - Warragul
for personal assistance.
Salvation Army - Warragul
for personal assistance.
Centrelink / Human Services
for Government support & services

Food Bank / Food Relief Warragul gratefully thanks our 3 major bulk local sponsors, being
Coles in Warragul and Drouin,
and Food Bank Victoria in Melbourne for weekly supplies with food assistance.

Thanks for other generous sponsorship / support from
Armour’s apple Orchard of Bona Vista,
Verstedens egg farm in Drouin for eggs,
Flavorite in Warragul for tomatoesk,
Downtowner Bar & Bistro in Warragul for cooking of meals,
Steam and Riddles Restaurant in Drouin for donated food,
Godfreys of Warragul,
Stella's Kitchen of Warrgul,
Cheffields in Warragul, for meat, milk and assorted items,
Gordon Jones in Ellinbank for potatoes,
Watergrass Hill Meats of Neerim South,
Hair of the Dog Rescue.

We also thank local churches, groups, and businesses including,
The Drouin and District Community Bank,
The Andrews Foundation,
Drouin Rotary Club,
Drouin Lions Club,
Warragul Rotary Club,
Warragul Lions Club,
Harcourts of Warragul,
Mangowood of Warragul,
Club 88 of Warragul,
Inner Wheel of Warragul,
Lifestyle Village,
St Pauls Junior School and Kindergarten,
Warragul North Primary School,
Chairo Junior, Middle, and Senior Schools, of Drouin.

Church on Tarwin Warragul,
Church of Christ Warragul,
Scots Presbyterian Church Drouin,
Drouin Christian Fellowship,
St Joseph’s Catholic Church Warragul,
Warragul Community Church,
Warragul Anglican Church,
Warragul Uniting Church,
Lutheran Church in Darnum.

Food Bank / Food Relief Warragul was located at the Christian Family Centre in Tarwin St Warragul (now known as Church on Tarwin) for many years, and we appreciate their past and on-going support. We were simply known as and referred to as Foodbank then, but now enjoy the independence of our own venue, under the auspice of Baw Baw Community Churches Food Relief Inc.

For any further information, whether you need assistance, or may perhaps be able to offer some food or Charity Shop items, or maybe even some of your time as a volunteer, kindly contact our management team at Eastern Park
Factory 6, 11 Pearse St Warragul,
Office phone number is 03 5622 3891
or Phone Anne on 0419 375 813
or Phone Trish on 0422 031 689.

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