A Word from Gerry in April

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April 3, 2017

Dear Friends,

I am proud to announce that 2017 marks 25 years of Foodbank NSW & ACT!

As always, the Foodbank calendar is a full and exciting one, with a stand at the Sydney Royal Easter Show in the Woolworths Fresh Food Dome, our upcoming Gala Dinner to celebrate the milestone of Foodbank’s 25th birthday and the launch of our new charity partner, Our Community Pantry.

We are extremely proud to support Paula along her journey of escaping an abusive household and assisting in opening her  food pantry to support others in her local community who are facing hardship. 

Our Community Pantry openingPaula’s inspirational story was featured on the 7:30 Report last month, where she shared her experience of food insecurity, how Foodbank support her and her family, which then lead her to the journey of establishing Our Community Pantry. 

As the primary food provider for Paula’s food pantry, we are thankful for your support which has helped us provide 250 kilograms of fruit and vegetables, and 1400 kilograms of meat and food staples to the MacArthur community, equating to over 6000 meals every week.

Paula is an truly inspirational women with an admiring story, and we cannot be more proud to support Paula, her three daughters, and Our Community Pantry.

I would like to thank each and every person who has donated to the Foodbank March Appeal which supports women and families like Paula. You have made a real impact on Paula’s life and have assisted her in feeding her family and her local community. If you would still like to give please donate here.

In addition to these exciting events, we will once again, release the Hunger Report which looks into food insecurity across Australia and continue to work closely with our ambassador, Aussie cricket legend Matt Hayden. Keep your eyes peeled for more details, we can’t wait to have you on board!

As Australia’s largest food relief organisation, Foodbank is taking a leadership role in the development of the Australian Government’s first National Food Waste Strategy to halve Australia’s food waste by 2030. Foodbank is already working with farmers, processors, food manufacturers and retailers to minimise food waste from paddock to plate, and with the support of the Federal Government, the National Food Waste Strategy will deliver food relief to 2 million Australians every year.

Within NSW & the ACT, Foodbank currently provides 32,262 meals a day, and it is our mission to continue to deliver food to Australians in need, with the ongoing support of our generous volunteers who visit our Distribution Centre and help us pack, sort and distribute food to people in need.

Have a happy Easter!

Warmest Regards, 

Gerry Andersen

CEO, Foodbank NSW & ACT

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