Foodbank SA has been appointed as the primary organisation to support food relief efforts for recent bush fires in South Australia.
Foodbank SA have been authorised to coordinate all activities related to food relief requirements. This includes the receiving of food donations and distribution of food relief to those areas impacted by the devastating bush fires across the state. These zones include Kangaroo Island and the Adelaide Hills region.
See the Foodbank site here for up to date info about their work with the bushfire emergency.
For every $1 you donate, Foodbank are able to provide $6 worth of supplies to affected communities, thanks to their partnership with the food and grocery sector.
Foodbank is playing a crucial role in the current unprecedented bushfire crisis which is devastating communities across the country. As a trusted organisation forming part of the official emergency response network, Foodbank is managing the generosity of the food and grocery sector as well as the general public donations to deliver essential supplies to stricken areas.
Importantly, Foodbank is delivering exactly what is needed, when and where it’s needed in order to efficiently and effectively support the relief efforts. In addition, they are continuing to assist drought-affected communities both within and beyond bushfire-devastated regions. All of this is on top of their day-to-day role of providing food relief to Australians in need, currently totalling 815,000 people per month.
Their ongoing work is dependent on people like you.
DONATE FOOD AND GROCERIES
While the preference is for funds (Foodbank can turn every $1 into $6 worth of food) they still welcome donations of non-perishable food and other essential grocery items at their warehouses. Greg Pattinson, CEO of Foodbank SA, showed us around one of the Edwardstown warehouses, where the many shelves are stacked full of products ready to be sent to help those in need, whenever they need it. We understand that some people would rather donate goods than money, so luckily their warehouses are huge, and have the capacity to accept donations of goods from the public. It is important though that we donate items that are most needed, so the lovely team at Foodbank helped us with this current list below.
Items in high demand (as of 13 January 2020):
Baby products – formula, nappies, pureed food in jars / pouches
Grab-and-go foods like muesli bars
Pasta, rice and noodles
Sanitary items – pads and tampons
Spreads eg Vegemite, Jam, Peanut Butter
Tea & Coffee
Good quality tinned foods and meals (with ring pulls for easy opening):
tuna, canned ham, canned vegetables, canned fruit, canned spaghetti
Toiletries – shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, hand wash
Two Minute Noodles
Please do not donate:
Fresh fruit and vegetables, or home cooked meals
Bedding or clothing (new or used)
Where to Donate Goods
It is important for people to drop off donations to the right locations. Please DO NOT head into fire zones or Emergency Relief Centres to make donations. The main drop off points are at:
Foodbank SA Warehouse, 377 Cross Road Edwardstown. Open between 9am to 4pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Bowden, 77 Gibson Street, Bowden. Open between 9am to 4pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Elizabeth, 91-93 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth. Open between 9:30am to 2:30pm (excluding weekends and public holidays).
Foodbank Food Hub Christies Beach, 59-61 Beach Road, Christies Beach. Open between (9am to 4pm) (excluding weekends and public holidays).
How does your donation help?
Your donation helps Foodbank to deliver much needed items to the Emergency Relief Centres and the agencies on the ground providing recovery support. They also support the CFS where needed with water, snacks, fresh fruit and any other requirements. In addition, they will provide food to the Blaze Aid team who are volunteers helping to rebuild fences.
Foodbank SA will continue to deliver food to those areas impacted for months, until they no longer require their services. It is important to note that with the Pinery Fires, Foodbank were still providing food relief to those who required it for almost 2 years, (long after the donations had dried up). They spend $1.3 million every year on food just to keep up with current levels of demand – the disaster relief requirements is over and above this.
For more information and all enquiries please visit the Foodbank SA site here
At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.
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