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Chobani and Foodbank pilot in-school food market program targeting state’s most food insecure communities

Long-term partners Chobani and Foodbank Victoria (Foodbank) are trialing Food for Good Markets, a targeted and convenient food relief program allowing families in Greater Dandenong to select the fresh fruit and vegetables, pantry essentials and nutritious Chobani yogurt they need. All served up by Foodbank and Chobani from the safety of the school yard.

Recent data has revealed that schools in the City of Greater Dandenong (home to Chobani’s manufacturing site) have reported an increase in families presenting as food insecure who don’t feel comfortable seeking help from traditional food relief services (Foodbank Victoria, 2023).

And with the soaring cost of living seeing Foodbank feeding 57,000 Victorians daily, families in areas like Dandenong are faced with little or no access to healthy food options (Foodbank Victoria, 2023).

Tim Browne, General Manager ESG & General Counsel at Chobani said the program is even more meaningful knowing it’s being piloted in Chobani’s local community.

“As a food and drinks manufacturer, we have a responsibility to make sure everyone has access to delicious and nutritious food. So, we are always looking for new and innovative ways to evolve our support for Foodbank to help make a real impact.

The Greater Dandenong area has been our home since day one, so being able to give back to our local community in a genuine, targeted, and dignified manner makes this program even more special for us. Our teams are really passionate about making a difference and doing more good, which means these markets are a great opportunity for them to roll up their sleeves and give back to our community in a meaningful way.”

“We know that one of the biggest challenges for families doing it tough is overcoming the shame they feel accessing food relief. With the markets being hosted in the school yard, a setting that is familiar and trusted, we hope that families will feel more comfortable accessing the help they need.” said Dave McNamara, CEO at Foodbank Victoria.

“The Fruit for Good Market was a fantastic opportunity for our community to provide them with seasonal and nutritious produce and staples. Not only did our families have access to healthy and quality ingredients that promote good food choices, but the market brought our community together and bonded them over healthy food.” said Bianca Kotsonas, Assistant Principal – Wellbeing at Chandler Park Primary School.

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