Foodbank praises Australian companies for Queensland flood support
At a public ceremony in Brisbane today, Foodbank, Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, thanked Australian food companies for their role in relief efforts during severe flooding in Queensland in January 2011.
With over three quarters of Queensland declared a disaster zone, food supplies were needed across the State of Queensland for both front-line emergency centres and follow-up relief efforts. Foodbank called upon its industry partners to provide donations for thousands of Australians affected by the rising waters. All 39 companies approached by Foodbank offered assistance.
John Webster, CEO of Foodbank Australia said, “We were overwhelmed by the support of our food and grocery partners. It was amazing to see an entire industry come together to help those in need. Altogether, we received over 1,500 pallet loads of product valued at over A$5.5 million, which we were able to deliver to the devastated areas across Queensland.
“We know that every one of our partners who contributed helped to make life that little bit easier for the flood victims as they began the clean up process.”
At a ceremony held today at Foodbank Queensland warehouse, in Morningside, Queensland Premier Anna Bligh today joined Foodbank in thanking the following national donors and partners for their support during the floods: Campbell Arnott’s, Cerebos, Chep, Coca-Cola Amatil, FaHCSIA, Ferrero, Fonterra, George Weston Foods, Goodman Fielder, Heinz, Johnson & Johnson, Kellogg’s, Kimberly-Clark, Kraft Foods, Loscam, Lindsay Transport, Manassen Foods, McCain, Mars Food Australia, Menora Foods, Nestlé, Oriental Merchant, P&G, PZ Cussons, Rinoldi Pasta, Sanitarium Health & Wellbeing Company, Sara Lee, Schweppes, Simplot Australia, SPC Ardmona, Smith’s Snackfood Company, Stuart Alexander, Sugar Australia, Sunbeam, SunRice, Toll, Unilever, Valcorp, Virgin Australia.