With a bumper crop expected across all states for the first time in 9 years. Foodbank is calling on grain growers to make a small donation this harvest to help us provide pasta and breakfast cereal to hungry families across Australia. Just 1/2 a tonne can help to provide more than 3,000 serves of cereal to people in need.
The latest Australian Crop Report confirms that total winter crop production is forecast to rise substantially in 2016/17 to a record 46.1 million tonnes, with Western Australia and Victoria in particular expecting significant increases in forecast production.
We are incredibly grateful to the grains industry for the support provided to date. Thanks to the generous support of the grains industry, from farmers and bulk handlers to traders and manufacturers – we were able to turn last year’s combined donations of more than 1000 tonnes into 5 million serves of pasta and 7 million serves of cereal for people in crisis. In light of the bumper crop and growing demand for our services, we would love to see a dramatic increase in grain donations, with a target of 2000 tonnes this harvest.
How big is the hunger problem in Australia?
Our latest Hunger Report confirms that food insecurity is hitting a crisis point, with 1 in 6 Australians having experienced food insecurity at least once in the last 12 months. More than 644,000 people now receive food relief each month, a third of whom are children. The face of hunger is diverse – male and female, young and old, single and in families, students, employed, underemployed, unemployed and retirees.
Rural Australia is not immune to this problem. Among those who have experienced food insecurity, those living outside major cities (35%) are more likely than those living in major cities (24%) to have experienced food insecurity five or more times over the past 12 months.
As a consequence, more than a third of the food provided by Foodbank goes to rural Australia through our agency partners. This means that last year alone, more than 11 million kg of food and groceries was distributed to rural communities. That’s over 55,000 meals a day!
Why support Foodbank?
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, providing 60 million meals a year to more than 2,400 charities around the country. This accounts for 75% of all the food distributed to charities by food rescue organisations in Australia.
Last year, Foodbank distributed 33 million kg of food and groceries with a retail value of more than $200 million. That’s the equivalent of 166,000 meals a day.
We work with the entire Australian food and grocery industry from farmers and wholesalers to manufacturers and retailers. Everyone plays their part, whether it be donating food and grocery products, raw ingredients, packaging, production capacity or transport.
How do I donate?
- Nominate the quantity you wish to donate to the buyer/storage provider. (No quantity of grain is too small! Every bit helps.)
- Your buyer/storage provider will transfer this grain to Foodbank via our NGR number: 13319395
- Traders will then consolidate all donations annually on behalf of Foodbank, generously waiving any handling/administration fees.
It is important to note that donations can be made at harvest time or during trading, so please speak to your local grain trader about donating grain directly to our NGR: 13319395.
Can I claim the donation?
When grain is donated via a trader or handler, Foodbank is advised of the donor and the weight of the donation. Foodbank can then issue a Tax Donation Receipt to the donor for the weight of the donation (NB: not the value).
The donor can then add the value of the product (normally the wholesale price on the day of donation) on the receipt prior to claiming the deduction at tax time.
How can I find out more?
Click here to access a 2-page flyer about our Grain Program, which you are most welcome to share with other growers and/or people in your supply chain.
If you would like to find out more about the Grain Program and our hunger relief programs in the bush, please contact:
Michael Davidson, General Manager – National Food