Dairy processor Fonterra has delivered 2.5million kilograms of dairy products to charity.
Australia wastes about $20billion worth of food each year, despite 3.6million Australians experiencing uncertainty about where their next meal is coming from.
Foodbank works with farmers, retailers and food manufacturers like Fonterra to redirect food and groceries away from landfill to a network of charities, into the kitchens of those who need it most.
As Foodbank’s exclusive fresh milk supplier for Victoria, Fonterra donates 100000 litres of milk each year, as well as edible but unsaleable food that would otherwise go to waste.
Fonterra Australia managing director René Dedoncker said it was rewarding to reach the 2.5million kilo donation milestone with Foodbank, as they worked together to help address this important issue.
‘‘Our relationship with Foodbank and the commitment of our people to the cause goes to show how food businesses can make a real, tangible difference to the communities in which we operate,’’ Mr Dedoncker said.
‘‘Dairy is one of the key staples sought after by welfare agencies and we don’t want to see any of it go to waste, simply because it can’t be sold due to having a smudged label or damaged packaging.
‘‘Through our partnership with Foodbank, we’re able to bring the goodness of dairy to all Australians, even the most vulnerable, while reducing potential waste at our sites that would otherwise end up in landfill.’’
Foodbank chief executive Brianna Casey said as the largest food rescue organisation in Australia, Foodbank relied on donations from companies like Fonterra to help provide hunger relief to the 3.6million, or one in six Australians, experiencing food insecurity at some point in the year.
‘‘It’s not that there is not enough food in our country, but the food isn’t getting to the right places, at the right time,’’ Ms Casey said.
‘‘We work with partners like Fonterra to help bridge this gap to ensure their wonderful, fresh produce and manufactured goods go to as many Australians as possible who are forced to choose between paying bills or buying food.’’
In 2017, Fonterra contributed the equivalent of nearly 262000 meals. This latest donation milestone of 2.5million kilos of food equates to more than 4.3million meals.