Charity triples capacity
NEW CENTRE SITE OPENS IN TIME FOR SEASON
MORE families struggling to put food on the table this Christmas are set to benefit from the new and much larger Foodbank distribution centre at Glendenning.
The centre, which opened on Wednesday and services NSW and the ACT, has tripled the not-for-profit organisation’s capacity, allowing it to serve around 31 million meals a year.
Chief executive Gerry Andersen said this week 15,000 Christmas hampers would be distributed to charities to help those struggling during the holidays – that’s an extra 2500 hampers on last year’s total.
“More than 100,000 Australians across NSW and the ACT seek emergency food relief from Foodbank each month,” Mr Andersen said. “It’s an unfortunate fact that we are seeing food insecurity continuing to worsen.
“The new distribution centre allows us to rescue up to 15 million kilograms of food each year that will make an immediate and significant impact to the work that Foodbank NSW & ACT does in the community.”
Following the centre’s official opening, Mr Andersen said he was relieved to see the dream realised.
“It’s been a project we’ve been working on for a fair while and we weren’t sure how we were going to get it done but we did, with some great support,” he said. “This is a huge step forward for us in fighting the hunger issue by ensuring we have the capacity to help many more Aussies in need, and we are extremely grateful to the NSW State Government for their support.”
The Government contributed more than $6 million in funding for the centre.
For more information or to volunteer at the centre, visit foodbanknsw.org.au.
NSW Governor David Hurley and Foodbank NSW and ACT chief executive Gerry Anderson examine the charity’s new multi-million distribution centre.