AIP helps Foodbank Victoria fight hunger

AIP helps Foodbank Victoria fight hunger

The Australian Institute of Packaging (AIP) has shown a commitment to helping reduce the number of food-insecure Australians by supporting Foodbank for over eight years. It has recently announced it will be continuing to do so through the new Victorian Warehousing Volunteer Program.

It currently helps Foodbank Queensland through the Queensland Hamper program, which sees the company hold a Christmas party dedicated to packing hampers to help those in need during the holiday season. Over the last seven years, the team has packed 6500 hampers worth almost $730,000.

In 2017 alone, over 150 people packed 1100 hampers for Foodbank valued at over $73,000 worth of items; the AIP is hoping to improve this in 2018. It is encouraging everyone in the industry to get involved, whether by donating items to the hampers, raising funds or helping pack on 7 December 2018 at Eagle Farm Racetrack.

It is hoping to also help Foodbank Victoria with the new AIP Warehouse Volunteering Program. According to Foodbank, one in 10 Victorians don’t know where their next meal is coming from, which is why the charity sources and distributes food to 134,000 people, including over 38,000 children. Bookings for the program will open soon, enabling volunteers to help pick and pack online orders and mixed grocery boxes at the Yarraville Warehouse.

The online orders have been placed by many of Foodbank’s 470 charity partners who look after food-insecure Victorians, while the mixed grocery items are donated by school students, community groups, clubs and corporate organisations who run food drives to provide the ingredients for the food boxes. The charity partners can order these boxes to pass on to families or individuals who need help with groceries.

Volunteers will have the opportunity to learn how Foodbank Victoria works and gain information on its charity partners by working in both areas on 4–5 hour shifts. The AIP is calling for any individuals, colleagues or families to get involved.

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