Nestlé Australia will donate $250,000 of product each week for the next two months to help vulnerable Australians through the Covid-19 crisis.
The $2 million dollar commitment will be made through the company’s partnership with Foodbank and will include coffee, cereals, meal bases and pet food and will go to supporting those facing hardship during the pandemic.
They will also be providing food products to 43 at-risk Indigenous communities currently facing food scarcity, including communities already in lock-down, through Nestlé’s partnership with Role Models and Leaders Australia.
Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey said in an average week the charity provides food relief to more than 815,000 Australians each month, but are expecting to see a substantial increase given the financial impact of the global pandemic.
Nestlé Oceania CEO, Sandra Martinez said, “An act of kindness can go a long way in these uncertain times, with even the smallest gestures having the potential to make a big difference to both individuals and broader communities.
“Now, more than ever, is a time for Australians to band together and help one another. Together with Foodbank and the Girls Academy, we are aiming to do what we can to make a positive difference and help those Australians who need it the most during these difficult times.”
‘Australia’s oldest dairy’ Brownes Dairy are also pitching in and have brought back the milkman through their ‘Milko’ home delivery service which will be on offer to people who are self-isolating in parts of WA.
Customers can order online to have milk, Chill, yoghurt and juice delivered the next day through Brownes’ vendor network of small family business run deliverers, said Brownes spokesperson Natalie Sarich-Dayton.
“There’s also a lot of relief. Milk is one of those essential items that can cause stress in the household when you run out,” she said.
“They will text the household to say they are coming – people can put out their laundry basket at the front of the house and the vendor will drop off the milk into the laundry basket,”
Delivery is free for orders over $10 and more details are available at here.
Both Woolworths and Coles are also working to distribute food to vulnerable communities through charities including Foodbank.