A fair go for all

Putting values into practice to support Australians in need

You know about waste. That rotten banana. The leftovers you threw out. That unidentifiable thing in the back of the fridge. Add it all up and Australian consumers waste about 3.1 million tonnes of perfectly good food every year.

Less visible is the 2.2 million tonnes of food lost along the supply chain during the production, post-harvest, processing and distribution stages.

Another startling fact is that at some point last year, 3.6 million Australians did not know where their next meal was coming from.

Clearly that wasted food can end up somewhere better than landfill.

“With so much food going to waste unnecessarily, there’s a huge opportunity to redirect it to struggling families,” said Michael Davidson, General Manager – National Supply Chain, at Foodbank Australia. “We receive donations from throughout the food and grocery industry, including stock that’s out of specification, close to expiry or excess to requirements.”

Foodbank gets it to the right place at the right time. Every month, Foodbank distributes food to 652,000 people in need across the country. And, every week, it provides breakfast to more than 116,500 vulnerable students, so they can start their day with a full belly.

“Transport is one of our biggest operating costs and clearly one of Linfox’s strengths,” said Michael. “The brand is powerful and having Linfox on board helps us to encourage partners to donate where they can.”

One of Foodbank’s partners, and a Linfox customer, Simplot, donates four production runs of their Leggo’s pasta sauce each year through Foodbank’s ‘Collaborative Supply Program’, with Linfox supporting the effort by transporting the sauce from the Simplot factory in Echuca to Foodbank.

“About 20 per cent of our food comes from planned donations like this, but 80 per cent of the food comes down the ‘surprise chain’—unplanned donations,” said Michael. Linfox’s scale and third-party logistics network will help Foodbank redirect that food where it is needed.

Linfox has also helped reduce the surprise element by working with customers who also support Foodbank, like Lion Drinks and Dairy, to identify food that is reaching its use-by date and transport it to Foodbank’s branches around the country.

The number of individuals seeking food assistance has increased by 10 per cent in the last 12 months, and supply is not keeping up. “Our partnership with Linfox opens up exciting possibilities for us,” said Michael. “It will help us identify surpluses, create and strengthen partnerships, and get food to people in need.”

To donate to Foodbank or to find out more about partnership opportunities, contact Foodbank on (02) 9887 4144 or go to www.foodbank.org.au