The City of Ballarat is opening the Market Street loading bay at the Ballarat Library for people to donate non-perishable food to help those in need.
According to a council media release, donations of all non-perishable items including flour, tinned fruit and vegetables, long life milk, rice, tuna, soups, tea, coffee, pasta, pasta sauce and personal hygiene products are being sought.
The drop-off point cannot accept perishable items.
The donations will be given to local welfare organisations for distribution to vulnerable people in the community.
The drop-off site will be open on weekdays from 10am to 12pm, beginning on Friday.
The library loading bay off Market Street will be used to receive extra Foodbank deliveries in partnership with Federation University, Ballarat Community Health and the Ballarat Foundation, the media release states.
These deliveries will support the city's international and domestic students in need via Federation University's Community Pantry, and vulnerable young families at risk of not having enough food.
City of Ballarat mayor Ben Taylor said in a statement the initiative was council's way of supporting welfare agencies and increasing the supply of food items donated by community members.
"Distribution of these food items will remain with welfare organisations across the city who continue to do tremendous work supporting vulnerable community members," he said.
"I know the residents of Ballarat are generous people who have really adopted the Be Kind message and I have no doubt, if they have the means at the moment, they will once again show their kindness to those who are struggling in our community."
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