Food industry to be honoured for generosity

Australia’s leading food and grocery companies will be honoured by Foodbank Australia for their efforts to reduce food waste and alleviate hunger through donations of vast amounts of products to people in urgent need.

A range of food companies will receive special Foodbank Awards — to be presented by television personality Ernie Dingo in Canberra — at the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) annual dinner at the National Portrait Gallery tonight, Wednesday October 28.

Foodbank Australia — which runs an awards ceremony each year to recognise support by food companies — is Australia’s largest national food relief organisation which receives generous support from about 450 food companies every day to deliver valuable food and drink supplies to every state via charities, including St Vincent De Paul.

Foodbank Australia distributes more than 18 million kilograms of food through welfare agencies across Australia which in turn becomes 24 million meals served to people in desperate need — the equivalent of about 60,000 meals every day.

The annual Foodbank awards will be presented at AFGC’s 2009 Annual Dinner at the National Portrait Gallery, in the categories of Leadership, Collaboration, Innovation and Partnership as well as a Hall of Fame award.

Foodbank Chief Executive Officer John Webster said the awards reflected the food and grocery industry’s selfless endeavour to assist Foodbank in addressing hunger in Australia.

Past awards read as the ‘Who’s Who’ in the food industry including Cadbury, Dairy Farmers, Fonterra, Goodman Fielder, Nestle, SPC Ardmona and Unilever.

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