Australian Bushfire Relief: Food and Groceries

by Foodbank Australia Limited
Australian Bushfire Relief: Food and Groceries

Dear Supporters, 

Happy New Year!

Thank you once again for your support of Foodbank. Your kind donations to our bushfire efforts are continuing to make a massive difference to those affected.

As we navigated into the summer season of 2020 and now in the early months of 2021, Foodbank is preparing extensively for any exigencies that could occur. Given 2020 was a La Nina year, Foodbank was ensuring stock levels of food were more than adequate in case of any floods, cyclones, and heatwave conditions.

As a trusted organisation forming part of the official emergency response network, Foodbank is able to act as a conduit for the generosity of the food industry which is always keen to assist with essential supplies to stricken areas. Foodbank is capable of delivering what is needed, when and where it’s needed in order to efficiently and effectively support the relief efforts. When the emergency first hits, this may be items such as bottled water, batteries, toilet paper and food that doesn’t require refrigeration and cooking as there is no power in the area. Over time this may change to ingredients for hot meals to be prepared at evacuation centres and ultimately to hampers of key staples and household cleaning products for people returning to their homes.

Foodbank continues to work in a community long after the initial crisis has passed. Whether people are coping with damaged or even destroyed homes or disrupted income due to their place of work being closed, economic hardship is a challenge that remains after the clean-up has taken place. Food relief, for as long as it’s needed, builds resilience helping people to get back on their feet.

It should be noted that we remain in the relief and recovery phase for all fires that took place throughout the 2019/20 bushfire season. There is no doubt that the impacts are still being felt.

On behalf of the Foodbank family, we sincerely thank you for your support and the impact made possible through your generosity. We look forward to working with you further in our fight against hunger.

Together, we can ensure no Australian goes without. 

Warm Regards, 

Sindy

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Dear Supporters, 

I hope you are all keeping safe whilst we all continue to navigate through the profound impacts of the COVID pandemic. 

Thank you once again for your support of Foodbank. In what has been the biggest year of challenges for Foodbank ever, your kind donations to our bushfire efforts are continuing to make a massive difference to those affected.

What made the last bushfire season particularly challenging was that it came on the back of a relentless drought that seriously affected Foodbank’s supplies. We saw less donations of core agricultural commodities, especially rice, because of the impact of drought on successive growing seasons and regions. At the same time, we saw a spike in demand for food relief from rural and remote areas devastated by the same consecutive seasons of drought, where families had endured long periods without on-farm income with local businesses throughout the community suffering as a consequence. In short – we had been hit on both a supply and demand front, and we simply did not have the stores of essential products available if the worst happened over summer.

However, with the support of the Federal government, corporate partners, national food and grocery donors and donors such as yourself, we were able to provide outstanding emergency food relief to those who were in need. The impact made possible through the level of support we received was phenomenal. 

It should be noted that we remain in the relief and recovery phase for all fires that took place throughout the 2019/20 bushfire season. There is no doubt that the impacts are still being felt. Many families and children affected by the bushfires and now COVID19 are in need of food assistance. 

It is a lengthy and complex recovery phase and we are continuing to replenish stocks that were diverted away from everyday food relief to emergency food relief. Over the past months, we have been bulk procuring key staple products to support fire-affected communities for as long as it takes them to recover. We know from experience, this can take several years. 

On behalf of the Foodbank family, we sincerely thank you for your support and the impact made possible through your generosity. We look forward to working with you further in our fight against hunger.

Together, we can ensure no Australian goes without. 

Warm Regards, 

Foodbank Australia

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Dear Supporters, 

I trust you are keeping well and safe. COVID19 has had profound impacts on all aspects of our lives, and I hope you are being kind to yourselves as we navigate through these uncertain times. 

I believe hearing positive stories may provide comfort in these times, so I wanted to share a quick update on the impact made possible through your support of Foodbank Australia's response to the wildfires that ravaged across our nation earlier this year. 

Foodbank responsed to the crisis by providing emergency relief to the fire-affected areas, as many Australians had lost their homes, jobs, and livelihoods. 

In the first two weeks of 2020 alone, we distributed 22 truckloads of food and groceries, including 4500 emergency food hampers and 161,280 bottles of water amongst other essentials ranging from toilet paper to baby food. 

Foodbank was able to prepare care packs specifically for the fire fighters including eye drops, wipes and lozenges. 

Animals were not forgotten either. In addition to pet food, Foodbank had provided more than 5 tonnes of carrots and 1.5 tonnes of sweet potatoes, not fit for human consumption, to national parks and wildlife rescue organisations across New South Wales. 

In the early months of 2020, we were able to disseminate close to 1 million kilograms of emergency food and grocery relief to fire-affected areas. 

We know this level of impact could not have been made possible without the support of people like you. Please accept our deepest thanks for this incredible support.

Hunger in Australia, COVID19...

Hunger is a hidden crisis in Australia with more than one in five Australians experiencing food insecurity at some point in the last 12 months. The demand for food relief and Foodbank's services is skyrocketing, as a result of the ongoing assistance required for communities affected by the wildfires, but also the impacts resulting from the COVID19 pandemic. 

In recent weeks, we have seen an increase of 50% in the demand for food relief as mass unemployment is being experienced across the country. We are in extraordinary times and therefore Foodbank will need to scale up urgently in order to respond to the unprecendented increase in food insecure Australians. 

Foodbank will respond to any crisis no matter what. We’re not going to faulter and we’ll leave no one behind. We need our supporters’ help now more than ever. Together, we’ll make sure no Australians get left behind.

We are so grateful to everyone who have helped and continue to help make our work possible. We sincerely thank you for your generosity. 

Warm Regards, 

Sindy Dupagunta

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Foodbank Australia Limited

Location: North Ryde, NSW - Australia
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Ian Laing
North Ryde, NSW Australia

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