Foodbank joined by JBS Australia and Primo for beef program

Posted by AFN Staff Writers on 26th August 2013

The largest food relief agency in Australia, Foodbank, has partnered with Australian beef producers JBS Australia and Primo to launch a major new beef initiative, designed to supply more than 130 tonnes of sausages per year to those in need.

Foodbank said the program is currently supplying five thousand kilograms of sausages a fortnight to its programs in each State, who are in turn distribute the food to those in need across Australia via 2,600 welfare agencies. Foodbank said many of these agencies are located in rural Australia.

“We are currently supplying enough meat for more than 75,000 meals a month and are hopeful donations will continue to be forthcoming to ensure we can keep up the supply well into the future,” said David Crombie, Director of Foodbank Queensland.

“With one kilogram of sausages providing enough for seven meals, a small donation of just one beast provides the meat for many meals to disadvantaged Australians and helps make a significant difference to the lives of those less fortunate,” Mr Crombie said.

Foodbank said the sausage manufacture has been donated by Primo, while initial cattle were donated by Wellard and Austrex, with JBS Australia matching this donation and also agreeing to donate a regular supply of trim to the program while the cattle donations gear up to the number required. The program has secured several key suppliers to Primo, including Devro, Snopack, Cryovac, Labelmakers and Visy.

Transport provider Scott’s Refrigerated Transport is donating their services to transport the sausages to Foodbank to each State every fortnight.

“Not only does this program help provide a regular and much needed source of protein to struggling families, it gives beef producers and related businesses an opportunity to provide practical support to those in need by donating goods and services that in turn will help produce much needed protein for those families,” Mr Crombie said.

Foodbank Australia said making meat available to families provides them with “more than just nutritional benefits”.

“Access to meat as a key source of protein has proven to have significant positive self-esteem benefits for struggling families,” said John Webster, Foodbank Australia CEO.

Foodbank invites other companies to consider boosting inventory donations for this Foodbank beef protein program on an ongoing basis.