Gerry Andersen, Foodbank NSW: Food Insecurity and Foodbank in NSW


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Gerry Andersen, CEO, Foodbank NSW Limited delivered this presentation at the 2014 National Emergency Relief Summit in Sydney/Australia. The two day conference assessed the current systems around service delivery and the challenges that arise around services dedicated to providing material and financial aid, employment, food, housing, addiction relief, transport help and domestic violence support. For more information about the event, please visit the conference website

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Gerry Andersen, Foodbank NSW: Food Insecurity and Foodbank in NSW

  1. 1. Foodbank NSW Presentation March 2014 Food insecurity Exploration of Real Hunger in NSW Gerry Andersen Chief Executive Officer Foodbank NSW Limited
  2. 2. 2 Australia is a rich and lucky country. But with 105,000 people currently homeless and 2.2 million Australians (including 10.9% of children*), living in poverty, there is a lot of work to be done to ensure everyone has access to nutritious food every day.
  3. 3. FOODBANK’S VISION An Australia without Hunger • 2.2 million Australians require food relief every year 105,000 Aussies are currently Homeless. • 70 National Food Donors & 450 State Donors. • Foodbank in 2013 distributed 29 million kgs of food. • This is more than 38,700,000 meals or 106,000 per day. • Foodbank NSW distributed 5,115,000kgs . • This equals 6,800,000 million meals in NSW & ACT. • 18,630 meals ever day in NSW & ACT. • Over 556 registered charities in NSW & ACT. • Economic benefit to NSW & ACT $27,816,000 per year. 3
  4. 4. 4 FOODBANK NSW’s GOALS 2014/15 - 2016/17 • Double the food supply to Welfare Agencies in the next 3 years. • Food supply from 5000 tonne to 10,000,000kgs. • Funding from Government Distribution Centre & operating costs. • Raise the profile of Hunger in NSW & ACT Community. 12,000,000 10,000,000 8,000,000 6,000,000 4,000,000 2,000,000 0 2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17
  5. 5. Key Model Parameters The key elements of the Foodbank NSW Business Model: • Operate on a model that is financially self-sustaining. • Commits to the consistent supply of staples throughout the year. • Product to be priced as close as possible to free as the goal. • Central DC servicing Sydney, Central Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong and the ACT, and ultimately all of the NSW. • Distribution system to allow the delivery of pallet and parcels at lowest cost. • Improve food sourcing to include improved collaborative supply and purchasing. • A pro-active approach to fund-raising and government relationships. 5
  6. 6. HUNGER IN AUSTRALIA 6  2.2 million people in Australia go hungry each year  35% are children who go to school without breakfast or bed without dinner  700,000 of these people live in NSW & ACT  13.2% of population live in low income / low wealth households
  7. 7. Demand for food relief is not being met by supply. Demand for food relief continues to rise. Family economic circumstances are the main driver of need for food relief. Food relief agencies need more resources to meet demand. Food relief and Foodbank NSW play a crucial role in moving toward a longer term solution. 7
  8. 8. KEY STAPLES DISTRIBUTION in NSW & ACT 12 months (January – December 2013) This Year Fresh Fruit 266,000 Fresh Vegetables 826,000 Bread 298,000 Milk 260,000 Milk - Shelf Stable 330,000 Breakfast Cereal 95,000 Pasta/Noodles 92,000 Rice & Grains 114,000 Meat 131,000 8
  9. 9. STAPLE FOOD SUPPLY PROGRAM… • Australia's Hungry need 50,000 tonnes of food annually. Foodbank's plans are to fix by 2020  46,000t staples of which 16,000t is fresh  1,300 tonnes of breakfast cereal  1,150 tonnes of UHT milk  1,000 tonnes of pasta  1,050 tonnes of pasta sauce     900 tonnes of canned fruit 850 tonnes of canned vegetables 1,150 tonnes of baked beans 1,010 tonnes of canned meals  1,000 tonnes of beef/chicken/lamb/pork 9
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  12. 12. 2009/10 2010/11 2011/12 2012/13 486,000 497,000 1,035,000 1,090,000 STAPLE 1,231,000 1,390,000 1,828,000 2,095,000 OTHER 1,340,000 1,178,000 1,104,000 987,000 Total 3,057,000 3,065,000 3,967,000 4,172,000 5.80% 0.30% 29.40% 5.17% FRESH % Change 12
  13. 13. THE COMMUNITY IMPACT… • “Foodbank NSW" has continued to provide a great service to our community at Streetlevel Mission Surry Hills to assist in providing food to the community, where we serve meals to up to 100 people a day. Without services such as Foodbank NSW it would be very difficult to continue. The Salvation Army, Sydney Streetlevel Mission • With the supply of Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Care Works NSW Rhythms Project can now offer a new service to the people we serve. We supply mission services to the people of Seven Hills and depend on Foodbank NSW for the supply of food. John Wall, Care Works NSW • Myrtle Cottage, a registered charity, provides day activities. For frail, aged and younger people with a disability and people with dementia. The assistance Foodbank NSW provides is invaluable as their contributions allow us supplement each meal with good quality food. Elizabeth Delcasse, Manager, Myrtle Cottage Group Inc. • Newtown Mission has been caring for the local community for over 150 years. We have a limited budget financially with meals for over 400 people a week. Foodbank and its team of volunteers have saved us on many occasions when we have been struggling to fill our storeroom. I wish to thank all at Foodbank as without you a ministry to the poor and marginalized at Newtown Mission would be limited. Pastor Brian Unterrheiner, Newtown Mission 13
  14. 14. Who are the people in need?
  15. 15. SUMMARY •There are never enough pallets of food. •Demand grows every year. •Current supply channels are nearing maturity. •More funding will be required from Governments. •Foodbank’s profile to grow over the next 3 years. •NSW, Federal Governments, Donors & Welfare Agencies are valued partners. 15
  16. 16. Thank you 16