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Charter Hall Group (Charter Hall or the Group) has partnered with Foodbank NSW & ACT and Foodbank Victoria to help address the issues of cost of living pressures and food insecurity, which has been significantly exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Charter Hall has donated a total of $100,000 to the organisations, with $75,000 going to Foodbank NSW & ACT, and $25,000 going to Foodbank Victoria. In NSW and the ACT, the donation has enabled 1,875 emergency hampers to be provided to families, which equates to feeding 7,500 Australians for an entire week. In Victoria, the donation will provide 50,000 meals to Victorians struggling to put food on the table.
Since the start of the pandemic, food insecurity has impacted more Australians than ever before. According to Foodbank NSW & ACT, more than one in five Australians has struggled to get essential food on the table in the last 12 months, and 61% of food insecure Australians have accessed food relief since the start of the pandemic. Demand for food relief during this period has increased on average by 47%.
Charter Hall Chief Experience Officer, Natalie Devlin, said, “The impact of COVID-19 on families around the country has been devastating. Australia is only as strong as its communities and the pandemic has clearly demonstrated how critical it is for us as a society to work together to achieve better outcomes for all. We have had a focus on helping to create strong communities for a number of years and that is why we are so pleased to be partnering with organisations such as Foodbank NSW & ACT and Foodbank Victoria to support families in need.
“We have been working with a number of charitable organisations since the start of the pandemic to support vulnerable Australians, including Two Good Co and UNICEF. These partnerships have provided meals for those in need as well as opportunities for employment. We have also looked at how we can integrate charitable organisations into our business value chain, going beyond donating time, money and space and providing an economic opportunity for these organisations to grow and help even more people and communities.”
Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO, John Robertson, said, “The stress of yet another lockdown impacts us all, but for tens of thousands of people in NSW right now, the brutal reality of no money to buy basics to feed themselves or their families is devastating. We are extremely grateful to the team at Charter Hall, whose support is making a genuine impact on the lives of our fellow Australians and ensuring that they are able to put food on the table for their families.”
To learn more about how you can support these organisations, visit Foodbank.
To learn more about Charter Hall’s commitment to supporting our communities, visit our Community page.