South Australian Senator, the Hon Simon Birmingham, Minister for Education and Training visited Foodbank SA in July for to learn about Foodbank SA’s programs and operations.
The Minister was particularly interested to hear about the work Foodbank SA is doing as part of the Schools Program, supporting more than 400 schools in South Australia alone. The recent National Rumbling Tummies Report identified that 1 in 5 Australian children are experiencing hunger, in SA it is more than 1 in 4 children.
The School Breakfast Program helps to provide healthy, nutritious food to children who turn up to school hungry. Foodbank SA delivers breakfast foods to schools involved in the program free of charge in all regions of South Australia. Breakfast items provided to registered schools through the program include cereal, long-life milk, canned fruit, Vegemite, jam, fresh fruit and bread.
A number of future initiatives were discussed with the Minister including Foodbank SA’s recent submission to the Federal Government to change the tax laws to provide incentives to transport companies who donate space on vehicles to deliver food where it’s most needed.
CEO Greg Pattison also briefed the Minister about the new Fresh Food Fridays Program in schools which was launched a week following the ministerial visit.