With the help of leading Australian food brands and the general public, Foodbank’s annual Food Fight campaign has nearly doubled its 2015 result.
This year, alongside major partners SPC, Ardmona, Helga’s, Vetta, Devondale, Primo, Weet-Bix, NESCAFÉ, Flora, Continental and Mount Franklin, Foodbank managed to collect enough donations for 13 million serves of food.
Donations include enough Helga’s bread and Flora to make over 1.2 million sandwiches, enough Weet-Bix for a million nutritious breakfasts, enough Nescafé Blend 43 for 615,000 comforting cups of coffee and enough SPC Baked Beans for half a million meals.
Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey, said the support from the organisation’s industry partners and the public was overwhelming.
“It’s reassuring to see how much Australians want to help when they realise the enormity of the issue in our own backyard. Although largely out of sight, hunger is a growing blight on our community, with over two million Australians seeking food relief from charities each year – a third of whom are children,” she said.
“There is currently a 29 per cent shortfall in the amount of food needed to ensure no Australian seeking food relief is turned away empty handed, a deficit that the food donations resulting from Food Fight will help to remedy. We cannot thank the public, our food partners and agencies enough for their support, but the fight isn’t over and we hope everyone will continue to help us bridge the gap,” Casey added.