Foodbank is Australia's largest food relief organisation, working with famers and growers, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers, charity partners, schools, and transport services to feed vulnerable Australians. Around the nation, Foodbank feeds over 815,000 people regularly throughout each year.
The demand for their services in 2020 increased dramatically due to COVID-19. Panic buying and increased supermarket sales, meant that Foodbank struggled to obtain the stock they needed to support hungry Australians. On top of this, Foodbank relies on its volunteers to help them pack and distribute supplies, however, with social distancing measures in place, they were unable to host volunteers.
QBE provided an additional grant for Foodbank’s emergency response during COVID-19 and this, coupled with our ongoing assistance, supported Foodbank in delivering fresh fruit and vegetables to remote Indigenous communities. This supported both the Remote Area Outreach program and School breakfast programs in APY Lands, South Australia. Our support enabled the provision of weekly fresh fruit and veg during school terms and wholegrain cereals and bread for school breakfast.
QBE’s funding also supported food relief in rural and regional Indigenous communities in QLD and provided support to two of Foodbank’s Megameal challenges in 2020, where QBE employees and partners in Western Australia made over 4,200 pre-packaged frozen meals in five days. This saved 1682kg of food that would otherwise be destined for landfill.
These initiatives contribute to the commitments within our Reconciliation Action Plan and support progress against UN SDG 1 – No Poverty and SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities.