who we are
We are the pantry to the charity sector. In normal times we fight hunger by providing food for 815,000 Australians each month and we advocate for the almost 1 in 5 Australians who experience food insecurity each year.
Foodbank is a not-for-profit, non-denominational organisation operating in every state and territory in Australia. Foodbank Australia is the only Australian food relief organisation that is a certified member of The Global Foodbanking Network (GFN), comprised of 32 member countries, 19 of which are accredited.
Food insecurity is a big problem, requiring a big coordinated response, and we rely on countless partners to do what we do.
Our national and state-based teams work with the entire food and grocery industry including farmers, wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers to source food and capture donations. We also collaborate with suppliers, manufacturers and transporters to produce key staple foods that don’t come in sufficient quantities via rescue channels.
To distribute the food, our state teams work with an army of volunteers to pick, pack and get the food to where it’s needed. We work closely with 2,500 charity partners and 3,000 schools across Australia who use our food in their relief programs.
In spite of our best efforts, we estimate that we need 50% more food to provide enough for all the people seeking assistance. To try and bridge this gap, we rely on the generosity of individuals, businesses, community organisations, schools and all levels of government. Find out how you can support us in the fight against hunger.