In 2016 1.26 kiloton of rescued food passed through the Avocare Community Connect warehouse direct to our charities, to assist families and individuals in need.
That equates to over 32,000 meals per week!
Who are Avocare?
Founded in 2003, Avocare has been servicing the City of Greater Dandenong for over 10 years with vital food relief and emergency material aid, supporting over 125 local charities that provide to disenfranchised individuals, struggling families and the elderly.
Avocare collaborates with service providers to provide a range of services to local residents. An essential welfare facility in the South East Melbourne community, the Avocare Community Connect (ACC) distribution centre is a central food collection point for local charities in this region and work with two of the largest food rescue organisations in Victoria.
In 2016, 1.26 kilotons of food and goods was disseminated from Avocare’s distribution centre in Dandenong South. Which equates to over 32,000 meals a week!
Along with the provision of vital food relief and essential material aid, Avocare is one of the largest Work for the Dole providers in Melbourne’s South East. Each Work for the Dole (WfD) activity assists long term unemployed individuals to gain hands on industry based skills with a view to increasing their employment opportunities and also focuses on the development of community connectedness, engagement and development of valuable task and employability skills with the dual purpose of being a benefit to the community.
This is achieved through ongoing community based activities, such as home cooked portable meals and sandwiches for the homeless, sorting of fresh fruit and vegetables for charity collection, donated clothing options for job interviews, specialised hampers prepared and historical archiving for the Dandenong Journal – all in which give back to the community in spades.
In the past 12 months, over 1,100 Work for the Dole participants have been involved in one of many Avocare activities, predominantly at the Dandenong site, in fact in May 2017 there were 784 participants working at the Avocare’s premises in Zilla Court.
Recently diversfying Avocare opened their doors to 70 School Based Apprensticeship Trainees (SBATS) who are undertaking Certificate II in Warehousing located at the Dandenong and Seaford sites and Ceritificate II in Food Processing at the Ebdale Community Kitchen in Frankston. These students are offered structured training through National Food Institute (NFI) both in the classroom and real working environments.
Our vision is: To Foster community connectedness through the empowerment of individuals.
How did Avocare start?
Avoca is a beautiful spot in the County Wicklow, Ireland. A special place in the heart of founder, Trish Keilty, a place of tranquillity and spiritual beauty. The River Avoca forms part of her story, the “meeting of the waters” where two rivers meet. She adapted the name Avocare because caring for those less fortunate has always been part of her nature.