Last night, Foodbank Australia recognised the outstanding contributions of four companies helping to bring food relief to thousands of Australians who are doing it tough.
This year’s Annual Foodbank Awards were presented to Kellogg’s, Manildra Group, GrainCorp and the Flight Centre Foundation, at the formal dinner of the AFGC Industry Leaders Conference in the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.
Enzo Allara, Chairman of Foodbank Australia said, “Every year we look to acknowledge and celebrate the companies that embody the attributes we rely upon to achieve the goal of eliminating hunger in Australia.
“It’s always a difficult decision to single out winners but this year it was even tougher when all of our industry partners have risen to the challenge of the escalating demand. However, I’m pleased to say that the recipients of the 2014 Awards are truly worthy of accolades for their respective contributions.”
Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) CEO, Mr Gary Dawson said, “The AFGC takes great pride in the work being done by the food sector to help combat hunger in Australia. It’s an honour for the AFGC to sponsor the Foodbank Awards as part of its annual Industry Leaders Forum Dinner, to mark the achievements of the food and grocery sector in giving practical help to those in need.”
Recipient of the Leadership Award was Kellogg’s, a company which demonstrated a holistic approach to its partnership with Foodbank both internally and externally with its ‘Breakfast for Better Days’ program. Kellogg’s commitment included a donation of 7 million serves of breakfast cereal along with a cash donation of $100,000 to expand Foodbank’s school breakfast programs. In addition to raising awareness of Foodbank amongst the public, Kellogg’s ensured the full engagement of its staff through volunteering, internal food drives and hamper packing events.
Andrew Towle, Managing Director of Kellogg Australia & New Zealand said, “Missing breakfast is unfortunately a real issue for many Aussie kids. In fact, one in seven Australian children arrive in the classroom each day without breakfast1, so we really wanted to do something that will make a difference in the lives of children and their families. The Kellogg’s Breakfast for Better Days program is one that we’re particularly focused on to make sure food goes to Australians who really need it. Kellogg has supported Foodbank since 1998, and we’re proud to be continuing our partnership with Foodbank in efforts towards hunger relief.”
Manildra Group was the recipient of the Collaboration Award for being a pivotal partner in the provision of the staple foods on which nutritious meals can be built.
Over four years Manildra has donated over 1,300 tonnes of flour which has underpinned the essential breakfast cereal and pasta collaborative supply programs.
Responding to receipt of the Award, Dick Honan, Chairman of Manildra Group, said: “The fact that there are people in Australia today who worry about having a meal for themselves and their families compels us to seek ways in which we can help. It was not a difficult decision for our company to become part of the smart approach Foodbank is taking to sourcing the food needed to address this problem.”
The Award for Innovation went to GrainCorp for its role as a driving force behind the establishment of the Grain Program which has seen the sector exceed its first year target of providing 1,000 tonnes of grain for Foodbank’s manufacturing endeavours.
GrainCorp helped to set up and trial the system and then provided leads and introductions to other companies in the grain industry to facilitate its expansion. It has also looked for increasingly creative ways of sourcing grain, working with farmers to facilitate their individual donations.
Speaking on behalf of GrainCorp, Angus Trigg, Director of Government and Media Relations at GrainCorp, said: “GrainCorp is pleased to have played our part in helping Foodbank to deliver its essential service, but credit for this award really goes to the grain growers, without whom this donation would not have been possible.”
This year’s Partnership Award went to the Flight Centre Foundation. Via the Foundation, the staff of Flight Centre Travel Group with company matching, has donated $150,000 to ensure the sustainability of the Long Life Milk Program. Always enthusiastic to help wherever they can, Flight Centre Travel Group employees have also fundraised and held food drives to assist in times of emergency such as the Queensland floods and the NSW bushfires. In addition to volunteering in the warehouse, staff has packed care packs and participated in hamper challenges as part of their team building activities.
John Whateley, Chairman of the Flight Centre Foundation said: “It is a credit to the Flight Centre Travel Group’s people that when they are given the chance to make a difference they jump at it. The great work of Foodbank inspires them to do what they can at every opportunity to help fellow Aussies doing it tough.”
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