Foodbank Grain Program

Foodbank works collaboratively with the Australian grain industry supply chain to source a sustainable supply of pasta and cereal to ensure we have these products available to our network of front line charities 12 months of the year. Pasta and cereal products are household staple items and form an important base for most Australian diets for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner. The demand for food relief in Australia is continuing to grow, making these basic food sourcing programs, such as the grain program incredibly important.

Pasta Program: Rinoldi Pasta in Melbourne have been our incredibly important pasta manufacturing partner since 2009 and produce more than 350,000kg of pasta each year for Foodbank. Made possible also by the support and involvement of Manildra Group and Allied Pinnacle who donate the flour component directly to Rinoldi for the production of the Foodbank Pasta.

Cereal Program: We are fortunate enough to partner with Sanitatirum who produce Weet-Bix for Foodbank. The cereal produced through this program is a vital backbone supply avenue for our school breakfast programs that operate in every state and territory.

With our manufacturing partners donating the manufacturing component of the production process, we then work collaboratively with their suppliers and the industry to get the other required components and ingredients donated or subsidised making the program as sustainable and collaborative as possible.

Through the Foodbank Collaborative Supply Program model we are able to produce a crucial gearing of 1:8; for every $1 invested in a collaborative supply program, we distribute $8 worth of food. Our ongoing collaborative supply programs are vital to help source the key staple food items that are in greatest need for the people seeking our help.

How the program works

From producers with any type of grain, bulk handlers, grain traders, to flour mills, manufacturers, to packaging, carton and label suppliers – we have a need for you. The key to all of our programs is to keep them simple and easy for all involved stakeholders.

The grain donation process:

  • Nominate the quantity of grain (any type and any grade) that you wish to donate and advise the trader/storage provider.
  • The provider will transfer the grain to Foodbank’s NGR number:
    • FOODBANK NGR: 13319395
  • Foodbank then provides you with a Tax Donation Receipt for the weight and description of the grain donated
  • Annually the grain traders/bulk handlers trade out the grain on the Foodbank NGR (while waiving the handling, storage or administration fees), and 100% of the funds then go directly to the pasta and cereal programs to cover the components that aren’t able to be fully donated, all while still achieving a gearing of 1:8.

Through simplicity and involving suppliers right along the supply chain it ensures both transparency and sustainability of the program. We are incredibly thankful for all of the past, current and future grain donors and program partners as we simply couldn’t do what we do or provide these high need grain based products without your involvement and vital support.

The benefits of donating to the program

  • Supporting your industry: Donors can be confident that 100% of the grain donations received are used to provide grain related products from the manufacturers who support the grain industry and Foodbank.
  • Supporting local communities: Grain related products are distributed to rural communities via our network of frontline charity partners and school breakfast programs
  • Strong return on investment: Foodbank’s established relationships right along the food industry supply chain means we can leverage a return of 1:8 for each dollar equivalent that is donated, meaning we can provide more food to those in need.

Program partners

Grain Donors:

– Everyday farmers

Manufacturing Partners:

Flour Donors (for Pasta Program):

Industry Partners

To discuss how your farm, team, organisation or industry group could get involved or support this important grain program please contact Jacqui Payne, National Program Manager – Agriculture via email