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Foodbank rescues edible but surplus food and groceries from the country’s farmers, manufacturers and retailers.

This includes product that is out of specification, close to date code, has incorrect labelling or damaged packaging as well as excess stock and deleted lines. Without Foodbank much of this food would simply go to landfill.

We collect the food or food companies deliver their donations to our warehouses around Australia – last year alone they provided 24 million kilograms of food and groceries.

Over 2,500 charities and 640 schools collect the donated food and distribute it to adults and children in need as prepared meals, food hampers and emergency parcels. The food rescued by Foodbank feeds on average 88,000 people a day.

Supply doesn’t always meet demand, however. In particular there is a significant gap between the amount of staple foods rescued and what is needed by the charities to provide filling and nutritious meals. So, in a collaborative supply program we partner with food producers and manufacturers who donate ingredients and services in order to produce, process, package and transport essential items such as breakfast cereals, pasta and sauce and tinned fruit and vegetables.

Financial contributions from the public and corporate sector provide essential funds to cover the elements that cannot be obtained through donations.