While you’re doing your supermarket shop this month, you can help thousands of people in need around the Hastings.
Every month, Foodbank ships 17,500 kgs of food to our region, and last year, it supplied 31,800 meals to people in need in our area.
The Woolworths Shop & Share campaign, which runs throughout July, aims to increase these totals.
Foodbank’s biggest annual public food appeal will help provide meals for the one in six people who are in crisis at some point each year.
A third of Australians receiving food relief are children and it is estimated that around one in five children experience going to school or bed hungry.
The Foodbank ‘Shop & Share’ campaign matches donations of products from some of Australia’s top brands with customer purchases at Woolworths, during the month of July.
Local customers can help support the campaign, triggering one-for-one donation each time they purchase a participating brand’s product at Woolworths.
In 2016, the campaign raised 13 million meals for Australians in need and donations this year are anticipated to be the equivalent of filling around 3,500 shopping trollies full of food.
Foodbank Australia’s CEO Brianna Casey, said Shop & Share provides them with an opportunity to remind Australians about the ongoing issue of hunger which affects so many families, individuals and children, at the same time as securing additional food to help them.
“We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the brands participating in the campaign and now we’re relying on local Hastings Hinterland shoppers for their support to help us provide crucial food relief,” she said.
Woolworths Lake Cathie Store Manager, Toni Owen said; “We’re proud once again to be supporting Foodbank’s annual campaign.
“All customers need to do to play their part is purchase one of the many participating products across our stores when they shop with us in July and know that by supporting the brands that support Foodbank, they will be helping families in need across the region.”
Participating brands include the Woolworths food range, Ardmona, Devondale, John West, Chicken Tonight, Old El Paso, Vetta, McCain, Helga’s, SunRice, SPC, Primo, Mount Franklin, Continental and Sanitarium.
Foodbank is a non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry. It is a conduit between the food industry’s surplus food and the welfare sector’s need.
Foodbank’s good work is made possible thanks to key partnerships with the food industry and its dedicated team, which includes more than 3,000 volunteers.
For more information please visit www.foodbank.org.au.