Each month, Foodbank Victoria provides food to over 100,000 Victorians – more than a quarter of whom are children. To do this, we source and rescue a range of staple and fresh food items and distribute them through our network of more than 450 charity partners across the state.
These charity partners range from large organisations such as St Vincent de Paul and the Salvos to smaller community-run centres. Our food is used in meal preparation programs, mobile food vans, community pantries and emergency food hampers.
In 2017/18, we distributed more than 8.4 million kilograms of staple, fresh and frozen foods – the equivalent of providing more than 15 million meals to Victorians in need.
Each year, 1 in 5 children and 1 in 7 adults in Australia experience food insecurity – meaning they do not have enough food and do not have the means to buy more food.
For 60 per cent of food insecure adults, it’s a situation that arises monthly and over a quarter say it happens at least weekly. For children, one in three parents living in food insecure households say their kids do not have enough to eat on a fortnightly or weekly basis.
To ensure we can reach as many people as possible, we work with food donors across the supply chain to source edible food from farmers, manufacturers and retailers. This often includes product that is out of specification, close to its best-before date, has incorrect labelling or damaged packaging, as well as excess stock and discontinued products. Without Foodbank, much of this food would simply go to landfill.
Unfortunately, donations of food don’t always meet demand. In an innovative approach to fighting hunger, we work with some of Australia’s leading food manufacturers to secure a sustainable supply of essential items for our Key Staples Program.
To find out more:
- Annual Report 2016-17
- Foodbank Hunger Report 2017 – full report / Foobank Hunger Report 2017 – snapshot
- Rumbling Tummies Report
- Get involved flyer