On behalf of the 2,400 charities we support, Foodbank would like to say a big thank you to our Meat Program partners. Thanks to your generous support we are able to produce more than four tonnes of fresh sausages a month, equating to over 50,000 kg a year, providing a regular and much-needed source of protein to people who would otherwise go without. For our main food relief recipients – low-income families, the elderly and people with disabilities – meat is unfortunately one of the first things to drop off the shopping list. That is why your donations to the Foodbank Meat Program are so important.
What is the Foodbank Meat Program?
The Foodbank Meat Program gives those involved in the meat industry the opportunity to donate product to families who are doing it tough. There are several ways to support the Meat Program, all the way along the supply chain from donating livestock, to processing donated livestock, or donating beef, pork or lamb trim for sausages and mince patties.
Foodbank also accepts finished meat products, including product with damaged packaging, incorrectly labelled and/or packaged.
Foodbank is supported by all the major retailers, so we are also able to accept donations of product that may not meet rettailers’ acceptance guidelines, including private label product, without the need for the product to be de-packaged or de-faced.
We accept any donations of meat, in any volume (including bulk) and frequency, as long as it is still fit for human consumption.
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%0 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 more than 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 73% of all the food distributed to charities by food rescue organisations in Australia.
Last year, Foodbank distributed 33 million kilograms 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 does it work?
Am I protected if I donate?
You are protected by ‘Good Samaritan’ legislation in all states, which means you are legally covered when you donate product in good faith to Foodbank.
Foodbank is also able to guarantee that donated product can be cooked or made into a meal by the 200+ kitchen/dining halls we support, before being handed out to the end recipient.
Our team have all completed food safety training to ensure product is always handled correctly and all Foodbank distribution centres have chillers and freezers to ensure the cold chain is maintained.
There is an annual Foodbank registration process for welfare agencies who must have Public Liability Insurance, a Food Safety Plan, a qualified Food Safety Supervisor and staff and/or volunteers with Food Handling Certificates.
Foodbank is also able to offer full traceability of any donations.
Can I claim the donation?
When meat is donated to Foodbank, we issue a Tax Donation Receipt to the donor, for the weight (not value) of the donation. The donor adds the monetary value of the product (how much it cost to produce the product) on the receipt prior to claiming the deduction at tax time.