Last year, Foodbank sourced the equivalent of 77 million meals for our 2,600 charity partners. Without this food, millions of vulnerable Aussies would go hungry.
Our work makes a positive difference in the lives of Australians, with recipients of food and grocery relief reporting they feel less hungry, are able to focus and concentrate, are less stressed and more hopeful.
Foodbank not only plays a lead role in fighting hunger, but also a vitally important role in tackling Australia’s $20 billion food waste problem and helping the environment. Our food and grocery rescue operations last year saved 81 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.
For every kilogram of food distributed by Foodbank, the social return on investment has been valued at $23. This means the impact of Foodbank’s work in the community is worth almost $1 billion annually.
Despite our very best efforts, the food we supply is still not enough. That’s why we rely on the food and grocery sector as well as individuals, corporations, community groups and all levels of government to join us in the fight against hunger. Find out how you can support us.
Others have cared for me, so I want to make sure I give it back.
I fell pregnant in year 7 and had left school by year 8.
I’m sleeping in my car so I can send money back to my family.
One day, I dream to find a job so I can support my family again.
The first time I reached out for help was really daunting.
SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
Foodbank’s activities in Australia play a key role in delivering on a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals which are aimed at ending poverty, protecting the planet and ensuring prosperity for all. Foodbank’s operations are strongly aligned to the following five of the 17 goals:
Everyone in Australia should have enough safe and nutritious food to thrive. A country with zero hunger can positively impact our economy, health, education, equality, and social development. Achieving zero hunger is fundamental to building a better future for everyone.
By providing essential food relief, Foodbank assists front-line charities to build the resilience of the poor and those in vulnerable situations.
Overcoming inequality will help drive economic growth and is critical to achieving social cohesion, and decreasing political and social tensions.
Sustainable consumption and production is key to reducing future economic, environmental and social costs and strengthening economic competitiveness. Foodbank plays a critically important role in assisting the Australian Government to achieve this goal through its food rescue activities and partnering with stakeholders along the supply chain to reduce food waste and food loss.
The Foodbank model engenders multi-stakeholder partnerships throughout the entire food and grocery supply chain. These partnerships mobilise and share knowledge, expertise, technology and financial resources to deliver outcomes.