EnergyAustralia and Essendon Football Club join forces to fight hunger
With more than 113,000 Victorians going hungry each month, ‘Goals to End Hunger’ aims to not only provide meals to children and families in need, but also shed a light on the issue of food insecurity.
For every Bombers goal kicked throughout the 2019 AFL season, EnergyAustralia generously donated 200 meals to Foodbank Victoria to put more food on the table for those who need it most.
Following an incredible season with a total of 256 goals kicked by the Bombers, EnergyAustralia will donate 51,200 meals to Foodbank Victoria – the equivalent of feeding more than eleven families of four for an entire year!
EnergyAustralia Head of Strategy & Reputation, Jack Kotlyar, said the partnership helps put food on the table for those who need it most.
“Unfortunately for many people in our community it’s not easy getting a well-lit and warm home or a solid meal. Whether it’s the transition to cleaner forms of energy or the basic necessities of life, we don’t want to see anyone get left behind. Our work with Foodbank Victoria is about being there for people when they need us most.”
“The ‘Goals To End Hunger’ initiative allows EnergyAustralia an opportunity to do something important in a fun way, giving people reason to cheer.”
In Round 16, Bombers’ legends Kevin Sheedy and Dustin Fletcher joined Foodbank Victoria and EnergyAustralia at the MCG for a fan fun day – coaching fans to kick to their very own goals to end hunger. More than 150 punters took a shot at goal – scoring an additional 1,711 meals donated by EnergyAustralia.
In 2018 the initiative applied to home games only. A total of 28,400 meals were donated through the Bombers’ 142 home goals, and EnergyAustralia generously increased this final figure to 50,000 meals for Foodbank Victoria.
Essendon CEO Xavier Campbell said the Club was proud to continue its partnership with EnergyAustralia and Foodbank in 2019.
“We are thrilled to be involved in the ‘Goals To End Hunger’ initiative again in 2019 and support Victorians in need by providing food through Foodbank Victoria,” Campbell said.
Although there is still along way to go to ensure that every Victorian has regular access to healthy food, these meals will make a huge difference to the lives of many vulnerable children and their families.
Well done Bombers for yet another outstanding season and thank you to our friends at EnergyAustralia for their ongoing support – together, we can help fight hunger in Victoria!