Foodbank Awards announced: 4 Australian companies win accolades in combating hunger

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 3rd November 2011

Australia’s hunger relief organisation, Foodbank Australia, has awarded four companies for their contribution towards tackling the pressing problem of hunger in Australia.

The Australian Dairy Industry, SPC Ardmona, Patties Foods and Lotterywest received Foodbank Awards at the Australian Food and Grocery Council’s (AFGC) Annual Industry Leaders’ Gala Dinner, held in Canberra on Wednesday 2 November 2011.

This year, Foodbank’s ‘Leadership Award’ was presented to the Australian Dairy Industry for a new initiative which aims to provide one million litres of milk annually to Foodbank. This is the first time an entire industry has come together to support Foodbank.

Foodbank’s ‘Collaboration Award’ was presented to Australian fruit, vegetable and canned food processing company, SPC Ardmona, for being a “pivotal partner” in the provision of staple food to Australian welfare agencies trying to provide balanced meals on a daily basis.

Foodbank’s ‘Innovation Award’ went to Patties Foods, which manufactures and supplies branded frozen savoury, frozen dessert and frozen fruit products. Foodbank gave the award to Patties Foods for arranging the manufacture of 138,000 of its Four’N Twenty meat pies especially for Foodbank.

Finally, Foodbank’s ‘Partnership Award’ was presented to Lotterywest for its ongoing support of Foodbank Western Australia. Lotterywest recently provided $4,275,000 for the land and lease of Foodbank WA’s new central warehouse facility. It has also provided $700,000 towards the infrastructure of a new warehouse to serve the Kalgoorlie-Boulder region.

Enzo Allara, National Chairman of Foodbank Australia said, “It’s always a difficult decision to single out winners but this year it was even tougher when all of our industry partners have risen to the challenge of escalating demand from welfare agencies in the face of economic woes and a series of natural disasters.”