Foodbank Awards honour Australian food and grocery companies

Posted by James Ferre on 16th September 2008

Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger-relief charity, last night honoured a number of leading Australian food and grocery companies at its awards ceremony held during the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s Annual Industry Leaders Dinner in Canberra.

CEO Bronwyn Boekenstein said that Foodbank performed a brokerage role between the food and grocery industry and the welfare sector, helping to feed more than 48,000 Australians a day. “It is for this reason that we publicly recognise and honour those companies which make a significant and special contribution each year,” she said.

The winners of this year’s Awards, sponsored by KPMG, were Woolworths, SPC Ardmona, Unilever, Sugar Australia, Labelmakers, Penford, Visy, Goodman Fielders Baking, Toll Group and Food Science Australia.

Woolworths was presented with the Leadership Award for showing vision and being first amongst its peers in regular and consistent donations of staple food and in promoting solutions to hunger.

SPC Ardmona received the Collaboration Award for leading a donor team which produced and donated 171 tonnes of baked beans. Unilever, Sugar Australia, Labelmakers, Penford and Visy donated components which made the collaborative project possible.

Toll Group and Food Science Australia were recognised with the Partnership Award for their efforts in providing goods and services which significantly reduce Foodbank’s operating costs in working towards an Australia without hunger.

Goodman Fielder Baking was presented with a special 1 Million Milestone Award in recognition of the company’s efforts in donating more than a million loaves of bread to Foodbank over the last three years.

Ms Boekenstein praised all of Foodbank’s donors and supporters who had assisted with the distribution of more than 16 million kilograms of food to over 1800 welfare agencies, ultimately making 20 million meals and helping to feed 48,000 people a day. “Foodbank’s role as the pantry for the welfare sector would not be possible without the commitment and generosity of the food and grocery industry,” Ms Boekenstein concluded.