SPC partnered with Foodbank last week to supply key pantry staples to vulnerable Australian individuals and families.
Together, with the support of supply partners Visy and Rinoldi, they produced 230,000 cans of spaghetti and tomatoes at the SPC factory in Shepparton, Victoria.
“Australians are experiencing some of the most insecure and stressful times in history, as we continue to recover from the global pandemic and navigate through ongoing strain from increases in cost of living,” says SPC Chair Hussein Rifai.
“SPC is committed to delivering ‘Better food for the future’, and as part of this mission, we’re proud to continue giving back to our communities and supporting important initiatives such as the Foodbank Collaborative Program to do our part in helping create better lives for our fellow Australians.”
SPC has supported The Foodbank Collaborative Supply Program for many years but this year, the company says it was particularly passionate about elevating the collaborative event to maximise awareness by hosting an official gathering at the SPC factory. Attendees included Foodbank CEO Brianna Casey, donating supplier representatives including Visy General Manager Brian Thiele and Sales Manager Jordan Coall and media partners.
During her visit, Ms Casey said: “In 2022, SPC donated 67,300kg of tinned tomatoes and spaghetti for Foodbank’s Collaborative Supply Program and with the support of SPC, Foodbank sourced 82 million kilograms of food and relief groceries for vulnerable Australians.
“The day-to-day reality of food insecurity we’re seeing at Foodbank has certainly changed – it’s not just people on the street, but people in your street. It could be your neighbour, your colleague or your friend. More and more we’re seeing people with mortgages, double income families, rents to pay, all turn up at Foodbank needing help.
“Without amazing partners such as SPC, Rinoldi and Visy, we wouldn’t be able to do what we do – help put food on the table for the more than one million Aussies we help every month.”