We are helping to address food insecurity through Simplot Australia's longstanding collaborative partnership with Foodbank which will see us provide them 85,500 jars of Leggo's Napoletana pasta sauce.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Foodbank has seen a 50% increase in demand for support from Australians, yet have also faced a significant decrease in supply of essential food items.
Simplot Australia Managing Director, Graham Dugdale, says like so many suppliers we have been running at capacity to respond to the panic buying and stockpiling behaviour we have experienced in the community.
“Our company purpose ‘to contribute to feeding our world’ has never been as important as it is right now. We are proud to partner with Foodbank as our values and work are so strongly aligned.”
“Foodbank are doing extraordinary work, particularly in these challenging times to provide nourishing food to the most vulnerable in our communities.”
The company’s collaborative supply project with Foodbank has been in place for eight years and has seen more than one million jars of Leggo’s pasta sauce provided to Foodbank.
Foodbank Australia CEO, Brianna Casey, says Leggo’s pasta sauce is one of our most requested products and knowing that it has been running off supermarket shelves in recent weeks makes these 85,500 jars seem that much more precious.
“It highlights the generosity of Simplot who have not only supported us day to day, but through drought, floods, bushfires and now COVID-19, we are thankful for their ongoing support.”
Foodbank helps vulnerable Australians access food and groceries, no matter what the crisis. Pre-COVID-19, the not-for-profit organisation was already providing food relief to more than 815,000 people a month, and that number is now growing by the day.