The ongoing pandemic means there are many people still doing it tough – including people who’ve never needed food relief before.
As a proud partner of Foodbank Victoria, EnergyAustralia was pleased to support its recent Farms to Families market held in Ascot Vale, Melbourne.
This was Foodbank’s first Melbourne-based market since the beginning of the pandemic and distributed over 4,000 kilograms of fruit, vegetables and dairy products – enough to feed around 700 people.
Foodbank’s Farms to Families markets aim to help increase the supply of fresh fruit and vegetables to those doing it tough. Many other charities use domestic fridges and don’t have the capacity to distribute high volumes of fresh food.
Thirteen EnergyAustralia volunteers also helped out at the market, packing and distributing bags of fresh produce.
Jessica Padman, EnergyAustralia’s Distributed Resources Leader, said she enjoyed the experience of giving back and appreciated the opportunity. EnergyAustralia provides all its staff two days a year to volunteer at one of our charity partners.
“The experience made me realise that while Australia’s a lucky country, not everyone is lucky. I was shocked when Foodbank told us that for Victorians experiencing food insecurity, 38 per cent go a whole day without eating, at least once a week,” Jessica said.
EnergyAustralia is a long-time supporter of Foodbank Victoria’s work which provides 1.2 million meals each month to vulnerable Victorians.
EnergyAustralia is also proudly Foodbank’s largest corporate volunteering group, helping out in the warehouse a couple of times a month.
We’re also partnering with Foodbank to deliver another Farms to Families market later in 2021.