13 November, 2020
Share your harvest with Foodbank to fight hunger in Australia
QUEENSLAND FARMERS harvesting promising winter crops can play their part in providing vital food supplies to the hungry this month, by donating a portion of their harvest to the nation's largest food relief organisation helping vulnerable Australians.
Foodbank’s Jacqui Payne said demand for food relief nationwide had increased by 47 per cent with the Covid-19 pandemic.
"We saw a dramatic spike as soon as the Covid shutdown began and people found themselves instantly out of work," Ms Payne said.
"Since March, there has been a 47 per cent increase in the number of people seeking assistance. A lot of these people had never sought food assistance."
Ms Payne said farmers and traders had a unique opportunity to make a difference this harvest by donating grain to the Foodbank Grain Program.
“Foodbank has its own National Grower Register (NGR) number,” she said.
“We encourage donations of any grain type, variety or grade through our NGR.
“Donations are traded out with the support of GrainCorp and Emerald Grain, with 100 per cent of your grain donation combined with other donated inputs and manufacturing support to produce essential cereal and pasta,” Ms Payne said.
“Foodbank then distributes these pantry stables to vulnerable Australians.
“For the equivalent of every dollar donated to the Foodbank Grain Program, you are providing $8 worth of food to someone in need.”
Ms Payne said the program had on-the-ground impact and involved the support of leaders right through the supply chain.
“It’s thanks to the generosity of farmers and traders and manufacturing partners donating production time, that we can turn a half-tonne donation into 12,000 tonnes of cereal,” she said.
“I am thrilled to see headers running around already, and a promising harvest underway.
“Any support, either financial or in grain would be very much appreciated. It translates into food being distributed to rural and regional communities as well.”
Ms Payne said more than 40 per cent of Foodbank’s food relief went directly to rural, regional and remote communities.
“The cereal is also used in our school breakfast programs and in Foodbank’s disaster relief efforts in response to fires, drought, floods, and the cyclone season in the State’s north.”
Ms Payne said Foodbank had set the goal of sourcing 1,300 tonnes of grain this season.
“Getting involved is easy,” she said.
“Just quote the Foodbank NGR number 13319395 to your grain handler or trader and nominate the volume you would like to donate.
“We are extremely grateful for the new and ongoing support from our farming communities.”