Mars Food has partnered with Foodbank in a program that will provide 600,000 meals to Australians in need this year.
As part of the agreement, Mars will donate 175,000 jars and bottles of dinnertime products, including Carbonara Sauce, Dolmio Bolognese, Masterfoods tomato sauce, and Kan Tong Butter Chicken Simmer Sauce. The four products will be manufactured specifically for Foodbank and supplied each quarter.
During the Covid-19 lockdowns last year, the demand for food relief through Foodbank increased by 47 per cent, with three out of 10 Australians facing food insecurity.
Foodbank CEO Brianna Casey said this partnership would help meet the growing demand for food relief.
“Unpredictable employment patterns and the broader economic fallout from Covid-19 has meant we have had to increase the quantity of food we’re providing to Australians from all walks of life.
“This program helps Foodbank turn our food and grocery ‘surprise chain’ based on ad hoc donations and unpredictable food rescue opportunities, into a predictable, reliable ‘supply chain’,” said Casey.
Mars Food GM Bill Heague said the company is committed to helping ease the country’s growing hunger crisis.
“Last year, through our monthly ad hoc Foodbank donations, we delivered 265,700 meals to people in need,” said Heague.
“But the pandemic made food insecurity an even bigger issue in our society, and we knew we could do more. We talked with Foodbank about what help they needed most, and a consistent supply of food products came out on top.”
According to Mars Food, the company is committed to delivering 25 million meals to people in need worldwide by 2025.