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Source: Autumn 2022
Update on Queensland and New South Wales floods
The deadly flooding in Queensland and New South Wales has left tens of thousands displaced, with extensive damage to homes, businesses, schools and critical infrastructure across both states. At the time of writing, there are still communities without power and reliable telecommunications services, and even more without homes.
Foodbank is working with emergency services, all levels of government and community partners to provide essential supplies to flood-affected communities. Truckloads of food, water, nappies, period products and groceries have been sent from the Foodbank NSW & ACT warehouse to the Northern Rivers in the last fortnight, with plenty more to come.
With many Queensland frontline food relief charities being flooded and now unable to support their communities, Foodbank Queensland has prioritised getting more food and emergency items to these areas, as they are experiencing heightened demand for food relief.
We will continue to support communities long after the floodwaters have receded and the clean-up is over. Experience tells us that recovering from natural disasters takes years, not months, and we’ll be working hard to ensure we have the right products available for communities for as long as they need.
If you or your business is able to assist in the recovery phase, please contact us
Photo credit: Brendan Beirne/Media Mode
NOW TO THE STORIES!
Foodbank South Australia has partnered with Neutrog Australia, On the Run (OTR), Detpak and Biobag to trial a world first sustainable project and product that will support locals in need. To date, around 20 stores and additional service stations have donated around 28 tonnes of coffee grinds that have been turned into organic fertiliser to be sold. In addition, Bunnings has recently joined as a major retailer to stock this recycled, sustainable fertiliser.
Every packet sold will generate a minimum of five meals.
Supporting Central Australia
The recent South Australian floods saw both road and rail access from SA into the Northern Territory and Western Australia completely severed for several weeks. This had a devastating impact on our ability to get fresh produce and key staples from Foodbank SA to the Foodbank Central Australia Hub in Alice Springs. The Foodbank Hub provides food relief to 51 charity agencies, 13 School Breakfast Programs and supports approximately 1,200 adults and children every week. We worked closely with state, territory and federal governments – as well as industry – on solutions to ensure vital food could be delivered to remote communities across Central Australia, demonstrating once again the importance of advocacy and partnerships in supporting vulnerable Australians.
Breakfast by barge to remote Kalumbaru
Children at Kalumburu will soon be welcoming the arrival of their school breakfast after a 3,300 km journey across land and sea. Kalumburu Remote Community School is Foodbank Western Australia’s most isolated registered school; difficult to access in the dry season and near impossible during the wet.
School Breakfast Program products to last the whole term are transported by truck via Halls Creek to Darwin, before making a two-day journey across the Timor Sea. The delivery provides long-life breakfast products to ensure children can fill their tummies before school and can start the day ready to learn and play.
Foodbank in the top five
We are so incredibly proud to be listed in the top five of the most ‘Reputable Not For Profit organisations in Australia’ in RepTrak’s 2021 report. RepTrak (formerly known as the Reputation Institute) published the Australian Charity Reputation Index, ranking Australia’s 40 largest charities using a scoring system measuring areas such as trust, admiration, respect and overall esteem.
We could not be more proud, or humbled surrounded by amazing charities, who like us, have had an extremely challenging year with what seems like another one on the horizon.
Thank you everyone for your ongoing support to help us do what we do best, year after year.
Thank you to our partners!
In 2021, Foodbank sourced more than 48 million kilograms of food and groceries. That’s the equivalent of 86.7 million meals, or 238,000 meals each day. Each January, Foodbank Australia issues annual snapshots to celebrate the national partners who helped make this possible. The snapshots provide visibility of their contributions and impact over the calendar year across food and grocery donations, involvement in Collaborative Supply Programs and financial support.
It was fantastic to see our partners sharing their achievements on social media and encouraging others to join the fight against hunger in Australia. Thank you to everyone who continues helping us get essentials to people doing it tough right across the country.
Single father Trent is battling a serious physical illness, and with three children under eight to feed, he struggles to meet the family’s medical costs and living expenses. Week after week, he’s found it difficult just to afford enough food to put on the table.
Trent recently reached out to one of Foodbank Queensland’s local Member Charities who supported him with emergency food hampers.
“Thanks to Foodbank, I’ve realised it’s okay to ask for help… especially for single mums, single dads, grandparents. There are so many less fortunate people out there, that do need help. Every single little donation to Foodbank all helps out in the end.” – Trent
Recycling fundraising initiative
Foodbank NSW & ACT is excited to announce it is now one of the charities you can donate your Return & Earn proceeds to. This environmentally friendly fundraising initiative is available at every Return & Earn machine around NSW. Billions of containers are saved from landfills through Return & Earn machines every year in NSW. Every five containers donated equals one meal for someone in need.
The Hunger Ride
Cyclists across Victoria are training for the annual Hunger Ride being held this weekend. The exclusive corporate road ride sees keen cyclists join a peloton to experience firsthand what it’s like to embark on a professional road race.
Cyclists will travel across 172kms of Victoria’s harshest and most picturesque terrain to raise much needed funds for Foodbank Victoria. While the ride might be tough, every kilometre equals meals on the table for vulnerable children and their families.
Participants will ride alongside Tour de France Green Jersey winner Baden Cooke and voice of cycling Matt Keenan, so yes, the pace will be on.
Subway helping feed those in need
Over the last 12 months, Subway has donated a meal to Foodbank for every Kids Pak sold. The Subway Kids’ Pak, which includes a small healthy sub, fruit yoghurt and water.
The Subway campaign has raised over $96,000 to date, equating to 192,000 meals for vulnerable communities across Australia. In addition to this support, Subway has also supported Foodbank with additional community fundraising events in Queensland.
Food Legal joins the Foodbank family
Australia’s experts in Australian Food Law, FoodLegal, has become an official supporter of Foodbank Australia.
FoodLegal will continue to provide legal assistance and help us meet our requirements and those of our national donors around the acceptance and distribution of donated food and groceries.
The team’s knowledge and expertise will be invaluable in ensuring we can continue to safely meet all legal requirements of food and grocery redistribution.
DONATE TO FLOOD APPEALS
Foodbank QLD and Foodbank NSW & ACT are working hard to safely get essential food, water and groceries to people in need. The best and safest way to help us get food and water to those in flood areas quickly is by making a financial donation. Financial donations mean we can source and distribute the items as fast as possible.