Dairy industry supplying Foodbank with a million litres of milk annually for Australians in need

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 14th November 2011

One million litres of milk will be going to people in need under an historic new partnership between Foodbank Australia and the Australian dairy industry, which is being supported by the Australian Government.

The Australian Government has pledged A$4 million over the next four years to Foodbank Australia in this year’s budget to ensure the organisation builds new partnerships with food growers, producers and manufacturers.

The Collaborative Supply Program for Milk is the first time an entire industry has come together to collaborate on a whole-of-industry strategy to support Foodbank. The program will provide one million litres of milk to welfare organisations across Australia every year to go to the kitchens of people in need.

Partners in the program include: Bega Cheese, Fonterra, Lion, Murray Goulburn, Parmalat, Tatura Milk Industries and Warrnambool Cheese and Butter who will collaboratively donate the one million litres of milk per year. Brickwood Holdings and Labelmakers Group are providing the packaging.

Other Program Partners are the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the Gardiner Foundation who are funding additional costs such as transportation.

Foodbank Australia Chief Executive Officer John Webster said, “In these highly competitive commercial times it is great to see such an iconic Australian industry set aside competition to rally together to support those struggling in our community.”

Speaking on behalf of the program partners, Barry Irvin, Executive Chairman of Bega Cheese/Tatura Milk Industries said, “The dairy industry is proud to partner with Foodbank to help support those less fortunate. From the outset, the dairy companies have been unanimous in their commitment to making healthy and nutritious milk available for all Australians.”