Melton and Moorabool residents are being encouraged to give generously to Foodbank Victoria’s annual food appeal.

Combined Churches Caring Melton is one of a number of organisations that operate foodbanks in the region and has had its shelves re-stocked with food donations throughout July as part of Foodbank Victoria’s statewide shop-and-share initiative.

The Melton group’s chief executive, Denise Morris, says about 1200 families a year access the service and help is always needed.

“We’re always in need of the daily basics – spreads, pasta sauces and tinned vegies and soups, especially in the winter months,” she said. “Stocks are always low. It’s essential that people get behind the Foodbank Victoria drive so that they can continue to support smaller foodbanks like ours in Melton South.”

Shoppers can support the campaign by triggering one-for-one donations each time they purchase a participating brand’s products at Woolworths Melton and Woodgrove.

Foodbank Victoria chief executive Brianna Casey said the shop-and-share campaign aimed to remind Australians about issues that affects many families, individuals and children.

“We’re relying on local Melton and Moorabool shoppers for their support,” she said.

Combined Churches Caring Melton foodbank is at 100 Coburns Road, Melton South.