Darebin residents will benefit from more than $50,000 in Feed Melbourne grants handed to four local food charities.

Three $15,000 grants were last month handed to the Aborigines Advancement League, Big Group Hug and the Whittlesea Community Connections, while the Darebin Information Volunteer & Resource Service (DIVRS) received $11,740.

DIVRS manager Freedom Preston-Clark said the grant would help to purchase fresh food and infant formula, harvesting equipment and a car trailer.

“The grant has given us the tools to gather, collect and harvest more food to distribute,” Ms Preston-Clark said.

The 2015 Feed Melbourne Appeal raised $481,711. The appeal is run by Leader Newspapers, charity FareShare and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Two-thirds of the money will go to 32 Melbourne food charities in the form of grants of up to $15,000. Onethird goes to FareShare, which will help it produce one million charity meals in the next year.

Every dollar donated goes to charities to help them transport, store, cook and distribute rescued food.