Fighting food insecurity

By Country News

SunRice specialty foods business Riviana, and Riverina rice growers, contributed to donating 400,000 meals to Australians in need through a partnership with hunger relief organisation, Foodbank.

SunRice’s Global Operations and Agribusiness general manager Tom Howard said it was a privilege to help.

“Riverina growers donated almost 150 tonnes of rice, or 2.5 million serves of rice in the 2019 financial year, which was achieved despite another tough year for growing rice in the Riverina due to low water availability and high water prices.

"In addition, Riviana donated 72 tonnes of product, which equated to over 129,000 meals,” Mr Howard said.

Last month, eight employees from SunRice's Victorian operations volunteered to help pack grocery items into boxes for the Pick Pack Food Order program.

The food was distributed to Foodbank’s charity partners: Salvation Army, Moira Foodshare, Quang Minh Temple, Sacred Heart Mission and Hope City Mission.

“They packed a whopping 8812kg of food orders, equivalent to approximately 15,878 meals for the community,” Mr Howard said.

“Broken down even further, this is the equivalent of feeding a family of four, three meals a day for 1,323 days or 3.6 years.“We should all be really proud of this partnership and its important function to help our societies and communities,” Mr Howard said.