Patrick’s Story

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December 20, 2016
Patrick is Logistics Coordinator for Foodbank Victoria

Patrick-lo-res“I always wanted to do something a bit more meaningful. I went back to study logistics and supply chain management. A job opportunity came up at Foodbank and that’s how I joined. It’s been five years now.

My day usually starts at 7am. I look after all the country freights to regional Victoria – printing orders, invoicing and organising freights. Every agency orders online, so I print and process all the orders, then give them to the volunteers to pick. I spend a lot of the day answering queries from regional agencies, so I can make sure the drivers have their schedules to pick up food. It’s a full-on day with a lot of detail.

I worked as a chef in a previous life. Knowing how food and the food industry works was a big help. A lot of the agencies we look after have kitchens and serve meals. When I talk to the chefs from the agencies, I can speak the language.

At home, I cook all sorts of stuff. Lots of veggies, I love healthy food. Mustard rabbit is one of my favourites. I’m a big fan of summer salads and I’ve got chickens, so eggs are always on the menu.

There are a lot of dedicated people here and we’ve come a long way. We’ve tripled our staff in five years, and the amount of food has also tripled. Five years ago, I wouldn’t have expected we’d market product for the Schools Breakfast Program. Having the Foodbank logo on the breakfast cereal last year really blew me away.

The best thing about Foodbank is my current role. It’s the job I love the most, it’s fantastic. And because I’m distributing food to rural Victoria, I can see firsthand the help it creates.”

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