A sauce of relief: Simplot and Foodbank

March 8 2017

A sauce of Relief: Simplot and Foodbank

What’s for dinner?

As a food company, we love helping busy families answer that question.

And yet, each year, in a land of plenty, 2 million Australians struggle to put food on the table. Hunger is a problem usually associated with developing countries, but it’s a hidden crisis in Australia, and each year, the demand for food relief increases.

For more than a decade Simplot has donated surplus food to Foodbank, Australia’s largest food relief organisation, to help Australians in need put food on the table.  But supply doesn’t always meet demand as there is often a gap between the amount of staple foods rescued and what is needed to provide nutritious meals.

To bridge this gap and give people the products they require to prepare healthy meals Simplot contributes to Foodbank’s Key Staples Program. Through this initiative, Simplot facilitates the production of more than 250,000 jars of Leggo’s pasta sauce each year – an essential and key staple to making a variety of nutritious foods. In 2016, Simplot’s Foodbank donations helped deliver 610,750 meals to the dinner tables of individuals and families in need.

Brianna Casey, CEO of Foodbank Australia said thanks to Simplot’s contribution to the Key Staples Program, we have been able to ensure a regular supply of pasta sauce to Australians in need, providing a much needed source of nutritional value.  

“The benefits of the program go beyond providing a meal on the table for families in need. These families enjoy measurable improvements to their wellbeing, social relationships, standard of living and even the achievements of children at school,” she said.

Graham Dugdale, Managing Director, Simplot, said we are proud to be part of a program that is making a difference to people in our community who need it most.