Beefbank expands meat program for charity

Cows in paddock

14 September 2023, SYDNEY – Beefbank Ltd and Foodbank Australia have announced a national partnership, aimed at meeting the growing demand for much-needed protein, to help those doing it tough.

Not for Profit organisation, Foodbank, provides food relief to more than one million Australians every month and is facing an increase in the demand for its services, due to the cost of living.

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Under the new partnership, charity organisation Beefbank, and Foodbank Australia will collaborate to source donations of cattle, butchering and inputs support to produce a regular supply of mince and sausages, that will be distributed nationwide through the Foodbank network.

Beefbank has been supplying Foodbank Queensland with a regular supply of beef for 15 years and has reached a stage where they now have the capacity to expand the concept – a simplified donation model that procures 2,500 meals per animal, to many vulnerable households nationally.

Andrew Rodgers from Beefbank, says the organisation is excited about the next step to a national footprint,

“Foodbank has been an integral part of distributing the meat to where it is needed the most. We’ve made the process as simple as possible – it’s just one email or phone call, confirm the location, details of beast and we look after the rest.”

Foodbank Australia GM of National Supply Chain, Michael Davidson, knows there is a significant gap in the food relief market for protein and sees this national distribution as a step towards a solution,

“Protein is often the first item to drop off the family shopping list when times get tough, it’s also a donation we struggle to procure regularly so this program will be an absolute game changer in what we can provide to our charities and those they are helping.

“We know our farmers are some of the most generous in the world, often accepting food relief assistance themselves, we are so appreciative of the ongoing support we receive from the farming community.”

The two organisations are appealing to farmers and cattle organisations for donations of any quantity of beasts. Foodbank Australia and Beefbank welcome farmers, manufacturers, transport organisations to join the national Beefbank program.

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