Through an innovative partnership with the South Australian Produce Market established in August 2012, we were able to secure a 1,000m2 warehouse which became the symbol of our commitment to offer a healthy choice to our welfare partners. At our Foodbank’s Fruit & Veg Centre we source donations from fresh produce wholesalers to distribute via our warehouses and foodhubs. We go even further by nurturing relationships with growers and packing sheds in the Riverland, Adelaide Hills and Virginia regions to source produce straight from the orchard/farm to our Fruit & Veg Centre. At Foodbank, fresh produce is distributed at no charge.
When we started this program our annual fresh F&V collection was a meagre 100,000 kilograms and now almost 5 years on, we feel confident of receiving 1,000,000 kilograms of donated fresh Fruit and Veg in 2016-2017.
All produce goes through our doors where we sort and value-add, then onto welfare agencies, community kitchens and schools at no charge to assist families and children. Our goal set 5 years ago is fast becoming an amazing reality!