Arnott’s has announced it will donate $350,000 worth of product to help Foodbank support Australians facing hardship as a result of COVID-19. Arnott’s has been a proud supporter of Foodbank Australia for more than 10 years, donating millions of kilograms of food to families over this time. This most recent donation also follows $100,000 in product donated to support those impacted by the recent bushfires.
Foodbank helps over 815,000 vulnerable citizens get access to vital groceries each month. However, panic buying in supermarkets due to the coronavirus pandemic has meant their stock is at an all-time low. The chief executive of Foodbank Australia, Brianna Casey, said there had been a 50 per cent increase in demand for food relief earlier this month, but its supplies were down by 27 per cent.
“The side-effects of the current coronavirus health crisis mean more Australians than ever are facing a struggle to make ends meet day-to-day,” she said.
We are exceptionally grateful for Arnott’s long-term support over the past 10 years and know that this donation, in particular, will have a large impact in the lives of those that really need it.”
Arnott’s donation to help those financially impacted by the global pandemic will be distributed by Foodbank throughout Victoria and NSW.
Arnott’s has also donated 752 food pouches to the local government at the location of each of their Arnott’s bakeries and head office to help support the local communities in which they operate. These pouches include individually wrapped Tim Tam biscuits and will be distributed to front-line workers such as teachers, aged care workers and healthcare workers.
Arnott’s CEO George Zoghbi said Arnott’s has supported Australian families and households through everyday life moments for more than 150 years and that hasn’t changed as we navigate the extraordinary challenges brought about by the current global health crisis.
“Arnott’s is incredibly proud to be in a position to support our communities and the everyday Aussies who have been impacted by the bushfires and Coronavirus. That includes frontline workers but also families and people who are doing it tough as we face the road to economic recovery ahead,” he said.
“Last year alone Arnott’s and its Campbell’s Australia business helped to change the lives of many Australians with 552,500 meals and $1.1 million worth of product donated to Foodbank and we will continue to grow this this partnership and stand by Australians in their times of need.”