Foodbank and Solaris Paper fight to end hunger

October 8th, 2015

By Jemma Logan

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Australia is a country where a high standard of living, affordable housing, excellent public transport, an integrated healthcare system and world class education are just few of the many amenities available to the average Australian. But even though the United Nations’ Human Development Report 2014 ranked Australia as the second most livable country in the world, there are still many people who do not have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food.

Hunger in Australia has become a hidden social problem, yet unknown to most, many victims suffer in silence. Luckily Foodbank is here to help give relief to this important issue.

Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit, hunger relief organization and the largest of its kind in Australia. Last year it rescued 32 million kilos of food and converted it into 40 million meals for people in need. Foodbank gathers excess food from grocery suppliers, farmers, and various manufacturers. This food is usually excess stock, has damaged packaging or close to its expiry date. The food is then distributed to thousands of charities and schools around Australia.

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On Friday 31 July, Solaris Paper proudly helped volunteer at the Foodbank NSW & ACT located at Wetherill Park. Twelve members of our team lent their muscles to the cause which was greatly appreciated by Gerry Andersen, Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO.

“The sorting and packing you did is essential to making sure the food we rescue gets from us to our charity partners and school breakfast programs that we supply to. Your volunteering has helped children like Sarah who recently shared, ‘Thank you for the yummy food that you gave to my breakfast club. Your food has helped me to learn and become smart at school’” Gerry said.

Our volunteering was in addition to the tissue products we donate to Foodbank NSW & ACT each month. We understand that in addition to food items there is a need for sanitary products which is why we have been a supporter of Foodbank NSW & ACT for the last couple of years.

Solaris Paper is thrilled to continue this collaborative supply program, because unfortunately supply doesn’t meet demand. Therefore, we also encourage anyone else who would like to do the same to contact Foodbank NSW & ACT on (02) 9756 3099 or visit http://www.foodbanknsw.org.au.