THE Daylesford community is rallying together to help the needy after valuable food stocks were stolen from Daylesford and District Food Aid.
Between 10 and 15 boxes of ready to eat food -- instant noodles, biscuits and other goods -- were stolen from the Stanbridge Hall at the Anglican Church in Central Springs Road, Daylesford, at the weekend.
Food Aid volunteer Carmel Thannhauser said the theft was extremely disappointing.
"We never want to see a repeat of it," she said.
"The volunteers are most incensed.
"It's just disrespectful and deeply saddening."
Ms Thannhauser said Daylesford and District Food Aid is open three days a week and volunteers help distribute food hampers to people in need.
"We get people from all over our shire," she said. "The theft was extremely disappointing but the people have helped out by dropping off food from their own pantries.
"And replacement stock is being delivered from Food Bank Victoria.
"Our community is extra strong in times of adversity and has made sure that people in need do not miss out because of this incident."
Ms Thannhauser said volunteers had noticed the missing supplies on Monday morning.
"It's really sad," she said.
Police are investigating the theft but say there are no signs of forced entry into the building. Leading Senior Constable Lesley Glenn said someone had entered the building between 2.30pm on Friday and 2.30pm on Saturday.
"They've taken about $1000 worth of goods," she said. "A lot of these are donated foods that are distributed to the need around the area so they've lost quite a few items."
Anyone with information about the theft should phone Daylesford police on 5348 2342 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.