Unilever is committed to supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDGs), including playing our part in helping to reduce hunger through our Unilever Sustainable Living Plan.
Hunger is often perceived to be something that occurs in developing countries around the world, with some unaware that it continues to be an issue in Australia and New Zealand.
Unilever Australia is proud to have been partnered with Foodbank since 1999; Australia's largest food relief organisation, providing more than 200,000 meals each day to over 2600 charities and 1000 schools around the country.
Released annually in conjunction with World Food Day and now in its sixth year, the Foodbank Hunger Report provides a snapshot of Australia's growing food insecurity problem.
According to the most recent report, food insecurity is on the rise with Foodbank providing relief to over 710,000 Australians every month, 26% of whom are under the age of 19. The report also found that Australians living in regional and remote areas are 33% more likely to have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months compared to those living in cities. 1.5 million Australians in these areas have experienced food insecurity in the last 12 months – something exacerbated by the drought conditions our farming communities are experiencing in regional Australia.
Unilever’s partnership with Foodbank has resulted in thousands of kilograms of food a year being donated to help fight hunger in Australia. In past years, the Continental and Flora teams have also supported Foodbank's Food Fight Campaign.
In 2016, Unilever donated 151,038 kilograms of food and in 2017 we donated 630,900 meals and 6,598 kilograms of non-food items. Our contributions to Foodbank in 2017 resulted in $8,205,000 social return on investment, which calculates the value of the economic, environmental and social benefits that flow to individuals and the broader community from every kilogram of food and groceries distributed by Foodbank. Last year we donated 435,700 meals and 22,320 kilograms of personal care items.
meals and +22K kgs of personal care items donated
Unilever Food Solutions' partnership with OzHarvest in Australia, and KiwiHarvest and Kaibosh in New Zealand, is called the Food Collective and they raise much needed funds for charity whilst increasing awareness on how commercial kitchens can reduce waste and redirect any surplus foods to people in need.
Across Australia and New Zealand, the Food Collective has redirected over 110,000 meals to charity partners since establishing the partnership in Australia in October 2016 and in New Zealand in June 2017.
In this time, they have also seen 1514 businesses registered for the program in Australia and 702 in New Zealand, showing that businesses are increasingly aware of the difference they can make by redirecting surplus food to those who need it most. The programme is also good for business, generating over $1 million in transactions last year.
The Food Collective won the Foodservice Suppliers Association of Australia (FSAA) award for "Innovation of the Year” in 2017 and continues to provide support and education in this space.
Yezdi Daruwalla, Managing Director Unilever Food Solutions explains; “With chefs all over the world serving tasty, wholesome meals to their guests, we know that sometimes surplus food is generated. Unilever Food Solutions helps to power the The Food Collective to show that excess food can be reduced and redirected to those that need it.”
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