Dairy processor Fonterra Australia is working to bridge the gap between food waste and food insecurity, marking its most recent Foodbank donation.
Fonterra managing director René Dedoncker was on hand when the processor made its 2.5 million kilogram donation milestone to Foodbank earlier this month.
Foodbank’s Hunger Report shows Australians waste around $20 billion worth of food each year, but 3.6 million are uncertain about where their next meal is coming from.
Farmers, retailers and food manufacturers, like Fonterra, work with Foodbank to redirect food and groceries away from landfill to a network of charities and into the kitchens of those who need it most.
Fonterra is Foodbank’s exclusive fresh milk supplier for Victoria, donating 100,000 litres of milk each year, as well as edible, but unsaleable due to a smudged label or damaged packaging.
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.René Dedoncker
“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.”
Foodbank is the largest food relief organisation in Tasmania and chief executive Brianna Casey said it relied on donations from companies like Fonterra to support one in six Australians who experience food insecurity each 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 262,000 meals.
Fonterra’s latest donation of 2.5 million kilograms of food equates to more than 4.3 million meals.