The loading bay at the rear of the Ballarat Central Library (off Market Street) will open as an emergency food relief drop-off point from Friday 1 May.
As part of the Be Kind Ballarat campaign, the City of Ballarat is asking residents to drop off food donations between 10am and 12pm on weekdays, starting from this Friday.
Council is seeking 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.
However, the drop-off point will not be able to take perishable items at this stage.
The donations will be given to local welfare organisations for distribution to vulnerable people in the community.
City of Ballarat Mayor Cr Ben Taylor said: “This process is Council’s way of continuing to support the fantastic work of all our local welfare agencies by increasing the supply of food items being donated by community members.”
However, Cr Taylor added the library would not be an emergency food collection point but would be a drop-off point only.
“Distribution of these food items will remain with welfare organisations across the city who continue to do tremendous work supporting vulnerable community members.
“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.”
The library loading bay off Market Street will also be used to receive extra Foodbank deliveries in partnership with Federation University, Ballarat Community Health and the Ballarat Foundation.
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.