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Established in 2013 and designated as a Regional Food Hub by State Government in 2020 we are a founding member of the Regional Food Security Alliance in partnership with Albury-Wodonga, Bendigo and Shepperton Food Shares, Geelong Food Relief Centre and Sunraysia Mallee Ethnic Communities Council (SMECC) collectively addressing regional food insecurity.

WDFS Curly Noodle
WDFS Orange Slice
WDFS Pasta
WDFS Spinach Leaf

Our mission is to operate a highly effective and sustainable service that provides food to be distributed to our partners across south west Victoria.

Our Vision – Food Share will sustainably source and distribute food, so no-one goes hungry in south west Victoria.

Our Values

  • Integrity – We always act with integrity.
  • Accountability – We will be accountable for what we do in collaboration with our partners.
  • Respect – We demonstrate respect for all.
  • Responsiveness – We proactively and reliably meet food support demand across south west Victoria.
  • We are an essential service to the community.

Emergency food relief

  • Disaster response
  • Schools fresh program
  • Community meal support
  • Community education and awareness
  • Corporate partnerships

* Food insecurity affects regional Victorians (5.3%) disproportionately to metro (3%) *2014 data  


Mick White

Mick White Chair

Mick has 30 years’ experience in the Not-for-profit (NFP) sector as CEO of WDEA and is a passionate supporter of the NFP sector and community organisations. Mick had previous career spanning 21 years in the Australian Navy serving in the submarine arm.  Mick is the former Chair and Board member of the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club, Deputy Chair of the Warrnambool and District Community Hospice and is a member of the Allansford Community Farm.

Joanne McBain

Joanne McBain Deputy Chair/ Secretary


Jo has more than 20 years of experience in governance, strategy, management, and facilitation. She is currently the Executive Strategy and Innovation at Wannon Water, the Deputy Chair at Women’s Health and Wellbeing Barwon South West and President of the Warrnambool Water Ski Club. She established the corporate volunteering partnership between Wannon Water and Food Share in 2017 and joined the food share board in 2020. She finds value in being able to make a difference and help others.

Daniel Pearson

Daniel Pearson Treasurer

BCom, CA

Daniel is born and bred in Warrnambool. Daniel has worked at Southern Stay Disability Services for the past eight years and has recently taken a role at Westvic Staffing Solutions as the Chief Financial Officer. During his time at Southern Stay he has progressed from the Business Manager to Chief Financial Officer. Daniel is passionate about his local community and has been involved with a local cricket club for over 15 years. He also holds the role of treasurer at South West Academy of Sport.

Alex McCulloch

Alex McCulloch

Alex is a solicitor who has been practising in the private sector for 12 years. Born and raised locally in Koroit. Alex enjoys and considers himself lucky to be able to sit on the board of Food Share, an organisation that provides a vital service to south west Victorians. In addition to Food Share, Alex sits on several local charitable boards and in his down time, enjoys spending time with his young family and surfing as much as possible.

Kane Horwill

Kane Horwill

M.S.Ed., BAC

Kane was born in Warrnambool and has been raising his family here for the last 11 years. With several years as the local business owner of Open2View, managing all aspects of running a successful profitable business Kane also has five years’ experience as a board member in the Not-for-profit sector with Western District Food Share. He spent 10 years in the Education sector holding various classroom teaching and leading teaching roles, experience on a variety of School Councils including holding the position of Principal which provided him with governance, policy, finance and managing teams’ experience. Kane enjoys helping others getting to where they want to go.

Adele Markwell

Adele Markwell

Adele studied at Warrnambool TAFE and Deakin University.  She has nearly 30 years’ experience in the Not-For-Profit sector working in child protection, community mental health spending 23 years working at Southwest Advocacy Association Inc. and holding the position Executive Officer for 13 years until her retirement in 2022. Adele has been a director on the Food Share board since inception in 2013 holding the role of Deputy Chair for several years and was also on the Board of the Women’s Health Centre.

Andrew Giblin

Andrew Giblin


As a local Andrew appreciates and supports the community sector and has been involved in sporting and community groups most of his life. Andrew has over 25 years management experience with 13 of these in the NFP sector. Andrew is currently the Director of People, Culture and Training at WDEA Works, a position he has held for eight years.

Alison Toohey

Alison Toohey

MBA, Adv. Dip Management, GAICD, GIA (Affil.)

Alison has seven years’ experience in board governance, compliance, and policy development in a range of sectors including utilities and in a not-for-profit setting. As a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, she uses her insights in director duties to support and guide Boards in delivering on organisational strategic and risk requirements. Alison has undertaken a variety of volunteer roles in policy and governance development within special interest groups relating to professional women’s associations, and utility special interests.

Ben Polhner

Holding a Bachelor of Applied Science in Coastal Management Ben brings 20 years of private enterprise and commercial experience to the Food Share board. Bens’s governance experience over the pat 10 years has included volunteering on a broad range of community organizations, committees and advisory groups.


Annual Report 2021-22


Annual Report 2022-23