Meat processors join Foodbank to fight Australian hunger

Foodbank is partnering with Thomas Foods International and Fletcher International Exports to expand the Foodbank Meat Program.

This innovative program will allow Foodbank to continue to fight hunger in Australia by providing more meat to Australians in need. As Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation, the organisation provides food to over 2,400 agencies and distributes over 33 million kilos of food each year. More than 30 per cent of the food distributed goes to rural and regional areas to support their local communities.

Both Thomas Foods International and Fletcher International Exports will donate 1 tonne of 65cl mutton trim to Foodbank each month. Primo Smallgoods (which will also donate manufacturing time) will then use this to produce beef and lamb mix sausages for Foodbank which will be distributed around the country.

This donation will see Foodbank’s Meat Program increase from producing 1,400 kilos of fresh sausages each month to over 4,300 kilos, equating to over 800,000 sausages annually.

Other companies making donations to the program include Primo’s suppliers, who will subsidise the ingredients, and Scott’s Refrigerated Transports Services, who will donate the transport services.

Roger Fletcher, of Fletcher International Exports, said he is proud that his family and staff can work with the industry and Foodbank to be part of the expansion of such a valuable program. “This is a pleasing addition to our long association with Foodbank in Australia,” he said.

Darren Thomas, Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Foods International, said the company is keen to be involved in a program that provides far reaching community benefits.

“We are pleased to partner with Foodbank to help fellow Australians in need,” he said. “As a family owned company with strong family values, this program really struck a chord with us. All our staff live and work in local communities, so we want to do what we can to support others less fortunate, particularly in regional and rural areas where people are doing it tough,” Thomas said.

Primo Smallgoods Chief Operating Officer Jim Cleary commented that Primo has always been committed to giving back to the community.

“This partnership with Foodbank allows us to do that and more importantly, help feed families and individuals with their much-needed protein. Through this, we hope to fight hunger in Australia,” he said.