Foodbank helping rural and regional communities affected by drought

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August 20, 2018
What is Foodbank NSW & ACT doing to respond to the NSW drought crisis?

Foodbank NSW & ACT is gearing up to pack and distribute 5,000 food and 5,000 household/personal care hampers to send to charity partners in farming communities. Each hamper will provide a family of four approximately one week’s worth of meals.

This is in addition to our business as usual food relief to regional and rural NSW – providing pantry staples and household/personal care products to people in need through our rural and regional charity partners, free of transport costs.

We are currently sourcing the items for the hampers, with plans to pack them in September with the help of volunteers, so they can be sent to our regional charity partners in late September and early October.

How will you continue to respond/help farming communities after you distribute the hampers?

Foodbank is here for the long haul. Drought takes an incredibly long time to recover from which is why we’re working with our partners across the food and grocery sector, and our broader community, to provide ongoing food and grocery assistance not only now, but right through the drought recovery period.

We are currently planning our next steps to provide further assistance beyond October. We’ll communicate these plans as soon as they are ready to be rolled out.

How can I/we help?

 For individuals:

  • Donate a $40 hamper.
  • Register your interest to volunteer here. We will contact you once hamper packing dates and location are confirmed
  • Organise a fundraising event at your work or within your local community
  • Write a letter of support to accompany the hamper.

For businesses:

  • Consider a tax deductible corporate donation
  • Ask employees to donate to Foodbank through your workplace giving – consider a workplace giving drive for a month and ask everyone to contribute
  • Hold a fundraiser in your office, challenge your teams to get creative and compete to raise the most funds to assist Foodbank’s drought relief efforts
  • Donate bulk product for the hampers
How does Foodbank usually work with farmers?

Foodbank NSW & ACT is proud of the wonderful relationships we have with the farming community. In good seasons, our farmers are amongst our most generous donors and regularly donate their produce – both perfect and imperfect – to help fight hunger in Australia.

Our farmers also contribute a significant amount to waste reduction in our country: in 2017/18, our farmers and their farmers’ agents provided 3,943,000 kilos of rescued produce, equating to a whopping 4,901,050 of carbon emissions saved from landfill.

Whilst giving so much, our rural and regional communities also regularly do it tough – in fact, sometimes more so than their metro counterparts. 29% of Australians experiencing food insecurity live in rural and regional communities, and more than 40% of all food and grocery items distributed by Foodbank NSW & ACT annually goes to these regions.

On 18 July, we were proud to announce that charities in rural and regional NSW which receive food supplies from Foodbank NSW & ACT will no longer have to pay a transport fee per delivery after the NSW Government committed $630,000 to cover regional transport to bring regional charities in line with their city counterparts.”

Despite this, with so many farm families and rural communities under enormous pressure as a result of drought, with your support it’s now our turn to give back.

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