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QLD Budget unveils backing of Foodbank for Queenslanders in need

The 2024 State Budget delivers over $2.8 million to Foodbank Queensland over four years to establish distribution in Townsville and expand their operations in Brisbane.

With the funding, Foodbank will be able to establish a second warehouse in Brisbane to allow a greater quantity of food to be stored and distributed.

CEO of Foodbank Queensland, Jess Watkinson, said the company is thrilled that the QLD government is prioritising support for these new facilities.

“This investment in expanding our facilities will enable us to assist more Queenslanders in need.

The rising cost-of-living has significantly increased the number of members, schools and communities requiring food relief,” said Watkinson.

“Our highly efficient team has managed to operate within our current facility for some time, but with the growing needs of Queenslanders, we can no longer support everyone who requires help.

This funding will enable us to expand across Queensland, allowing us to increase our distribution to 18 million kilograms of food per year once finalised.”

Premier Steven Miles announced the funding, which builds on $1.1 million in ongoing funding provided to Foodbank Queensland each year.

The new funding is a result of investigations into ways the organisation could expand its reach and service delivery in regional Queensland.

This will enable millions of additional kilograms of food to be distributed and provide greater accessibility and equitability for member organisations.

It will also give Foodbank Queensland greater capacity to better respond to disasters and severe weather events, and to supply more food year-round into regional and remote communities.

Funding will also be used to establish a much-needed food distribution point in Townsville.

The need for additional food relief in North Queensland is increasing significantly because of unprecedented cost-of-living pressures.

A food distribution point will increase the availability of food to member organisations in Townsville and surrounds and provide a regular supply of food items into these communities.

The $2.8 million for Foodbank Queensland is part of almost $9 million the government will provide for critical food relief.

Premier Steven Miles said as grocery prices soar, more Queenslanders are relying on organisations such as Foodbank.

“As grocery prices soar, we are seeing more Queenslanders rely on the services of important organisations like Foodbank,” said Miles.

“Foodbank will be able to establish operations in Townsville so regional Queenslanders can benefit.”

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