Working with transport partners
One of the greatest challenges in getting food to people who need it is transport. The costs to collect and deliver the food to our charity partners can be prohibitive without external transport support.
Here at Foodbank, we work with transport partners and third-party logistics providers to source and distribute more than 45.6 million kilograms of food and groceries every year. Our partners support us with pro-bono and low-bono support, ensuring we can move as much food and groceries as possible.
We are fortunate to be supported by the Logistics industry in several ways;
» Primary Connect, Team Global Express, Linfox, Metcash and Australia Post allow us to leverage their national ambient networks by utilising spare linehaul (interstate) freight capacity. This allows us to accept and share a greater variety of products across our national network while minimising operational and cost impacts on our partners.
» NewCold, Americold and Lineage support with pro-bono storage, making the donation process simple for our National Donations and also support with overflow storage for large donations.
» CHEP, Loscam, and Pact ReUse support with pooling equipment across the nation, helping us to keep the management of pooling equipment simple for our donors.
What we still need
» Transport assistance: 30% of our donated volume goes to regional and remote areas. We desperately need transport assistance into these areas to help us increase our support in these communities where there is a big hunger problem.
» Temperature-controlled freight: Again, we desperately need temperature-controlled freight to help us transport high-demand food like fruit, vegetables, meat and frozen products.
» Reduce fuel costs: We and the communities we help would benefit greatly from the support of fuel cards, which could be an excellent opportunity for a potential fuel partner to be acknowledged with their logo on our fleet.
» Fleet maintenance: The less we directly spend on maintaining vehicles, the more we have left to source and distribute essential food and groceries to vulnerable Australians.
How you can help
We seek the support of the food industry, transport partners and other supply chain stakeholders for essential transport support. Even if you cannot assist directly, we welcome your help advocating for these crucial functions within your network.
Is your organisation able to help contribute to fighting hunger in Australia? We’d love to hear from you! Contact our Supply Chain Team today to discuss.