Christmas Food Drive with ABC and Romeo’s

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December 12, 2018

This year ABC & Romeo’s Foodland Stores have chosen to support Foodbank to ensure that no one feels hungry this Christmas.

Our goal was to put an additional 50,000 meals on the table of those in need this Christmas. A Christmas food drive and coin collection has been held via various outlets across South Australia.

We asked South Australians to ‘Share what you Can’ by donating a ‘can’ of food at participating locations across South Australia and Broken Hill until 13 December. Drop off locations have included:

  • Foodbank SA locations – Edwardstown, Bowden, Elizabeth, Christies Beach, Mt Gambier, Berri, Whyalla and Port Pirie.
  • Romeo’s Foodland Supermarkets – 25 locations across SA.
  • ABC locations across SA, including regional centres and Broken Hill.

For more information including participating locations, please visit:

We look forward to sharing the results of the campaign in the near future.


On 5 December, ABC Radio helped Foodbank in South Australia to make Christmas brighter for South Australians in need. Together, we asked our fellow South Australians to ‘Share What You Can’, by donating a coin or a can of food. Items on our most wanted list this Christmas included: pasta, rice tuna, jam and other spreads, and canned fruits and vegetables.

From 6.30 am to 9.30 am, ABC conducting a live broadcast with Ali Clarke from the Adelaide Railway station with collection points at five metropolitan locations: Castle Plaza, Adelaide Railway Station, Victoria Race Course, Tea Tree Plaza and Port Road, Croydon.

ABC announcers attended the locations from 7am to 8am, including: Sonya Feldhoff at Castle Plaza Shopping Centre; Jules Schiller at Victoria Park Race Course; Spence Denny at Tea Tree Plaza and Deb Tribe at Port Road at Croydon – to help collect the donated food and funds.

As well as all the activity in the metro area, ABC regional radio announcers were also hard at work broadcasting from the regional locations we support in Berri – Matt Stephens; Mt Gambier– Selina Green; Port Lincoln – Emma Pedler, and Broken Hill – Rebekah Lowe. You can listen back to some of the ABC Regional audio here.

There were more than 30 Foodbank SA volunteers, together with staff and regional Food Hub managers involved in the event.

The response to the Drive Day was overwhelming. People were often pleased to be able to help and were generous in their support with both coins and cans. Our hard-working volunteers were positive and tireless, while also enjoying the event. We have to say a huge thankyou to ABC Radio in Adelaide, your enthusiasm, hard work and organisation was very much appreciated.

ABC Adelaide managed to follow the journey of the donated food during the day; from the original donation point, to the Foodbank SA warehouse in Edwardstown where it was sorted, then in the truck as it prepared for delivery, to the Foodbank Food Hub where it was received by our wonderful clients (South Australians receiving a ‘hand up’ when they needed it the most) and then to Fred’s Van in the evening one of the amazing agencies that we provide food relief. The journey of the food provided a real snapshot of how all food donations to Foodbank really make a difference in the lives of those who we support every day. You can listen to some of the stories shared on ABC Adelaide here.

Importantly, we’re thrilled to announce that more than $10,000 was raised on the morning and 2,500 kilograms of much needed food was donated in the 3-hour period. This will mean we’re able to put more than 25,000 meals on the tables of our clients, resulting in a happier Christmas for those in need. Well done South Australia!

If you missed the opportunity to ‘Share What You Can’, you can still donate a virtual can, a $5 donation will help Foodbank to source 10 cans for those in need. Simply visit here:

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