CHEP packages up Christmas cheer for Foodbank

November 15, 2012

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 November.

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 Rinoldi.  CHEP_packs_hampers_for_Foodbank

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 Australia.

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.