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Foodbank praises food and agriculture companies at annual awards

Kellogg’s, Manildra Group and GrainCorp were three of four companies recognised at last night’s Foodbank Australia awards.

The annual awards recognise the contribution of companies that help to bring food relief to Australia’s less fortunate. They were presented at the AFGC Industry Leaders Conference in the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra on 1 October.

The four recipients were Kellogg’s, Manildra Group, GrainCorp and the Flight Centre Foundation.

Kellogg’s claimed the Leadership Award, in part for its Breakfast for Better Days program, which saw the company donate 7 million serves of breakfast cereal along with $100,000 to help expand Foodbank’s school breakfast program.

"Kellogg's has supported Foodbank since 1998, and we’re proud to be continuing our partnership with Foodbank in efforts towards hunger relief,” Andrew Towle, managing director of Kellogg Australia & New Zealand said.

Manildra Group – the largest user of wheat for industrial purposes in Australia, processing some 1 million tonnes of wheat per annum – was the recipient of the Collaboration Award. Over four years Manildra has donated over 1,300 tonnes of flour which has underpinned the breakfast cereal and pasta collaborative supply programs.

The Award for Innovation went to GrainCorp for its role in establishing the Grain Program, which has seen the sector exceed its first year target of providing 1,000 tonnes of grain for Foodbank’s manufacturing endeavours.

GrainCorp helped to set up and trial the system and then provided leads and introductions to other companies in the grain industry to facilitate its expansion. It has also looked for increasingly creative ways of sourcing grain, working with farmers to facilitate their individual donations.

Finally, this year’s Partnership Award went to the Flight Centre Foundation. The staff of Flight Centre Travel Group, with company matching, has donated $150,000 to ensure the sustainability of a Long Life Milk Program. Employees also fundraised and held food drives to assist in times of emergency such as the Queensland floods and the NSW bushfires. They also packed care packs and participated in hamper challenges as part of their team building activities.

 

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