Natural Disaster Relief
We play a vital role in times of emergency and natural disasters such as fires, floods and cyclones. Every state and territory Foodbank is involved in disaster relief, providing essential supplies, including food, water, groceries and cleaning products to support the work of first responders and emergency services.
Whether people are coping with damaged or destroyed homes or disrupted income due to their place of work being closed, economic hardship remains a challenge after the clean-up. We continue to work in a community long after the initial crisis has passed, for as long as needed until people get back on their feet.
As a trusted organisation forming part of the official emergency response network, we act as a conduit for the generosity of the food industry, which is always keen to assist with essential supplies to impacted areas. We deliver what is needed, when and where to efficiently and effectively support the relief efforts. When the emergency first hits, there may be items such as bottled water, batteries, toilet paper and food that don’t require refrigeration and cooking as there is no power in the area. Over time this may change to ingredients for hot meals to be prepared at evacuation centres and hampers of key staples and household cleaning products for people returning to their homes.