The Reverend Kevin Potter and his wife Robyn have handed out canned, fresh and frozen foods from their garage for the past 20 years, as part of Epping’s Countrywide Community Missions Victoria.
With no recurrent funding, the cost of helping others falls almost entirely on their own shoulders.
Mr Potter will use the grant to buy a refrigerated van.
“I was practically doing handflips when I heard (about the grant),” Mr Potter said. “With this hot weather coming up, you’ve got to have a refrigerated vehicle for the frozen food.
Up to 120 people, mostly families and single mums, use the food service every week, and Mr Potter said the number was increasing.