Goodman Fielder receives Foodbank Award

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 31st March 2011

vicrelief.jpgFoodbank last night awarded its annual Foodbank Patron’s Award to partner Goodman Fielder Baking, in recognition of the company’s ongoing committment to food charity, particularly its ‘Daily Bread’ program.

The award, presented in Sydney by Governor-General and Patron of Foodbank Australia, Her Excellency Ms Quentin Bryce AC, is given in recognition of a company that has demonstrated unrivalled commitment over time to Foodbank’s objectives and is an inspiration and role model to others in the scope and depth of its support for hunger relief.

Fresh bread is baked daily by Goodman Fielder, and delivered to Foodbank’s warehouses across Australia. In total, Goodman Fielder has donated 1.7 million kilograms of bread or 2.5 million loaves since the program was initiated in 2006.

“The Patron’s Award recognises Goodman Fielder as one of Foodbank’s most committed donors over the last five years. The fresh loaves it generously provides feed around 15,000 people every day,” said Foodbank Australia’s Chairman, Enzo Allara.

“Bread is the backbone of Foodbank’s food provision. A regular supply is essential to welfare agencies working to provide nutritious and filling meals, whether it’s for breakfast toast, lunchtime sandwiches or to mop up gravy with dinner,” added Mr Allara.

Speaking on receiving the Award, Clive Stiff, Managing Director of Goodman Fielder Baking, said, “It is a great honour for Goodman Fielder Baking to be granted the Patron’s Award this year. Goodman Fielder is one of Australia’s largest bakers and we have as one of our core principles the support of the less privileged in our community. We are proud to assist Foodbank to achieve its vision of an Australia without hunger.”

At the reception, the Governor-General also inducted two individuals into the Foodbank Hall of Fame. Ian Brusasco, Chairman of Foodbank Queensland and member of the Foodbank Australia Board, was recognised for his unrivalled passion and dedication to Foodbank over 16 years. Mr Brusasco is a founding director of Foodbank Queensland, and has been Chairman for all but two years of its existence. His contribution to the development of Foodbank in Queensland cannot be underestimated, shepherding its growth from nothing to 8 million kilograms of food last year.

Charles Goode AC was inducted for his contribution to Foodbank when he was Chairman of the ANZ Banking Group. Mr Goode took a leap of faith in 2000 to support a relatively young and unproven charity by committing $1 million sponsorship over five years. Thanks to his boldness and vision, Foodbank has gone from a fledgling enterprise to becoming the largest food relief organisation in Australia handling 19 million kilograms a year. The ANZ funding provided critical capability enabling Foodbank to take a strategic approach to its development.