CHEP packages up Christmas cheer for Foodbank
While they might be more used to the corporate offices of
Australia's fast moving consumer goods companies, CHEP Australia
employees were right at home in the Foodbank NSW Distribution
Centre where they packed Christmas hampers on Thursday, 15
Joined by Australia & New Zealand President, Phillip Austin,
the CHEP team packed an impressive 512 Christmas hampers with goods
provided by companies including Nestle, Unilever and
The hampers are bound for charities, large and small, all over
New South Wales and the ACT who will distribute them to families in
need in time for the festive season.
Foodbank CEO John Webster says, "CHEP is the unsung hero of
Foodbank. The role CHEP plays underpins Foodbank's supply chain
nationally and without them we would simply be unable to move the
food donated to where it's needed. For this reason, CHEP received
the 2012 Foodbank Collaboration Award at the Australian
Food & Grocery Council Leadership Forum.
"Last year CHEP's contribution represented an in-kind donation
of $800,000. CHEP helped us move 24,000 tonnes of food, providing
more than 32 million meals to those in need."
CHEP equipment travels from Foodbank donors - whether they be
growers, fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) manufacturers or
retailers - across the country to Foodbank warehouses in NSW, QLD,
VIC, SA, WA and NT and then out to charities in all states of
On a daily basis Foodbank collects and distributes food to
thousands of charities nationally, with the support of donors from
the Fresh and FMGC supply chains.
Phillip Austin says, "In CHEP's 18 year partnership with
Foodbank, we estimate we've provided more than 300,000 pallets as
well as bins and crates for fresh food."
"We're very pleased to be able to leverage the expertise within
our business to help make a practical difference and right now
we're looking at ways we can further help in the fresh food space,"
Mr Austin said.
As a response to its End Hunger 2012 Report, a focus for
Foodbank going forward is to increase the amount of fresh food that
it provides to charities. CHEP is a member of the Foodbank Fresh
Produce Industry Group which is working to increase the volume of
fresh fruit and vegetable donations.