Under the Collaborative Supply Program, General Mills donates production time and labour to make products for Foodbank every month.
The program relies on donations of raw ingredients from suppliers, packaging, and logistics to ensure Australians in need can receive a consistent supply of “delicious” food. It is said to provide certainty for Foodbank to plan for and distribute meals to those most in need, while saving them time and money.
General Mills Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand Matt Salter says he is incredibly proud to see General Mills continue this important partnership for another year.
“At General Mills, we strive to be a force for good. Giving back through the Collaborative Supply Program is just one way we have done this in recent years,” he says.
“Our Rooty Hill manufacturing plant in western Sydney will continue to supply 10,000 dedicated meals of Latina Fresh ricotta and spinach agnolotti every month for people in need. The Rooty Hill team has worked hard to ensure this remarkable program continues to be consistently delivered, despite a pandemic and broader supply chain issues.
“At the end of July this year, we will have delivered 234,000 meals to Foodbank as part of the Collaborative Supply Program.
“This year we’re so grateful for the ongoing support of all of our suppliers, especially Ferraro Dairy and Primary Connect.
“We strongly encourage other businesses to consider this unique program to help Foodbank Australia as it makes a real difference to our community.”
Foodbank Australia Chief Executive Officer Brianna Casey says that with rising costs of living and the amount of people needing assistance rising, the value of the partnership with General Mills is immeasurable.
“Foodbank is currently providing food relief to one million people every month. People are doing it tough right now and partnerships like this make sure we can consistently help vulnerable Australians,” she says.
“We see the partnership with General Mills as an integral part of our program at Foodbank and are excited to continue our relationship into the future.”