INDEPENDENT retailer Michael Lorenz and owner of Michael’s SUPA IGA Leongatha represented IGA retailers from across the state in donating $80,000 to the Rural Financial Counselling Service to support local dairy farmers.
The money was raised through the IGA Community Chest, which raises funds to support local charities in their communities and other worthwhile causes.
The Community Chest initiative sees approximately 1300 IGA store owners across Australia collect funds through the sale of specially marked products.
“We want to thank the community for their ongoing support of IGA and our Community Chest program,” Mr Lorenz said.
“IGA retailers believe in supporting the community and championing the produce from our local dairy farmers is a cause we are deeply passionate about.
“These donations go some way towards helping dairy farmers in need.
“I personally have made an additional donation of $20,000 from Fairleys SUPA IGA to support our dairy farmers and their dedicated work for the local community.
“The community are able to support our local farmers when they visit us in IGA stores across Victoria buy milk from our local farmers.”