November 23rd, 2015
By Jemma Logan
Everyone knows that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It provides the body and brain with fuel after an overnight fast. That is where its name originates from – breaking the fast. Without breakfast we are effectively running on empty, like trying to start a car with no petrol. Unfortunately more than two million Australians (half being children) face hunger at some point during the year.
Luckily for more than 20 years Foodbank has been fighting hunger in Australia. Last year it rescued 32 million kilos of food from going to waste and distributed 40 million meals to hungry Australians through 2,600 charities and 1,000 schools.
Due to the growing demand of breakfast essentials this year, Foodbank NSW & ACT organised a Big Breakfast campaign to raise 100,000 serves of breakfast to feed struggling Australians by the end of October 2015. Foodbank NSW & ACT exceeded that goal raising 101,075 breakfasts.
To support this great cause and help raise awareness of the hidden social problem of hunger in Australia, Solaris Paper hosted its own Big Breakfast on 21 October. For every donation received from staff, Solaris Paper matched the amount dollar for dollar. We raised $501.55 which is enough to provide 1,250 breakfasts for those facing hunger. Without the support of our great staff we wouldn’t have been able to reach our target.
The support was greatly appreciated by Gerry Andersen, Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO, who said, “Many, many thanks for your kind donation. Your donation will help make sure that people in crisis will have something to eat. It will help show them that someone cares, that there is support. Thank you for giving.”
Solaris Paper is thrilled to continue supporting Foodbank in their various programs to make sure that the most vulnerable in our society don’t go hungry. 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/