The company has thrown its support behind charity Alex Makes Meals, who prepare and deliver nutritious meals to medical staff and those facing food insecurity.

The charity started early on in the pandemic when 20-year-old Monash University student Alex Dekker baked a single lasagne to boost moral among his sister’s colleagues working at Monash Medical Centre six months ago. The charity, run by an army of more than 70 volunteers has now served up more than 80,000 meals and has expanded operations into New South Wales.

Its operations are financed by donations and support from sponsors including LD&D, Dare Iced Coffee, Toyota and Red Rooster, among others as well as a Go Fund Me page.

Now also cooking for those most vulnerable to food scarcity due to the pandemic, LD&D’s donation of Dare Iced Coffee, milk, cream and yoghurt is going directly to those most in need. LD&D has also provided a refrigerated Dare van, ensuring refrigerated meals can be safely delivered.

Managing Director, Lion Dairy & Drinks Kathy Karabatsas said the company was inspired by the charity’s efforts and pledged early on to help out.

“Through our Dare brand, we approached Alex Makes Meals to donate product and, like their work with frontline healthcare workers, our partnership has grown exponentially and we are so proud to now donate Dare Iced Coffee, Big M, fresh milk, cream and yoghurt through our brands including Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy and The Culture Co,” Ms Karabatsas said.

“The team also uses our Dare van to deliver food, which our sales team couldn’t use during the restrictions in place in Melbourne. Everyone has had to adapt to these challenging times, and I know working with an organisation such as Alex Makes Meals has been something that our team at Lion Dairy & Drinks is incredibly proud of.”

It has also been a way for the company to show their support for healthcare workers in a practical and meaningful way, Ms Karabatas added.

“Through our brands, we wanted to do something to thank all the healthcare workers on the frontline, which we have been able to do in a small way through this partnership. It has helped bring to life Our Community Promise, which is to be caring and support the communities in which we operate.  I don’t think there is a better example at the moment.”

In a statement on its social media accounts, Alex Makes Meals thanked their sponsors, saying its work would otherwise not be possible.

“All of our accomplishments these past six months could not be obtained without the help of our dedicated volunteers, our generous donors, sponsors and partners, such as Toyota Australia, Dare Iced Coffee, and Laing O’Rourke.”

“Without the ongoing support of these organisations, and individuals, it would not be possible for us to wage the war on hunger in Australia.”

Lion Dairy & Drinks is helping to keep frontline health workers fuelled during the pandemic.

The company has thrown its support behind charity Alex Makes Meals, who prepare and deliver nutritious meals to medical staff and those facing food insecurity.

The charity started early on in the pandemic when 20-year-old Monash University student Alex Dekker baked a single lasagne to boost moral among his sister’s colleagues working at Monash Medical Centre six months ago. The charity, run by an army of more than 70 volunteers has now served up more than 80,000 meals and has expanded operations into New South Wales.

Its operations are financed by donations and support from sponsors including LD&D, Dare Iced Coffee, Toyota and Red Rooster, among others as well as a Go Fund Me page.

Now also cooking for those most vulnerable to food scarcity due to the pandemic, LD&D’s donation of Dare Iced Coffee, milk, cream and yoghurt is going directly to those most in need. LD&D has also provided a refrigerated Dare van, ensuring refrigerated meals can be safely delivered.

Managing Director, Lion Dairy & Drinks Kathy Karabatsas said the company was inspired by the charity’s efforts and pledged early on to help out.

“Through our Dare brand, we approached Alex Makes Meals to donate product and, like their work with frontline healthcare workers, our partnership has grown exponentially and we are so proud to now donate Dare Iced Coffee, Big M, fresh milk, cream and yoghurt through our brands including Dairy Farmers Thick & Creamy and The Culture Co,” Ms Karabatsas said.

“The team also uses our Dare van to deliver food, which our sales team couldn’t use during the restrictions in place in Melbourne. Everyone has had to adapt to these challenging times, and I know working with an organisation such as Alex Makes Meals has been something that our team at Lion Dairy & Drinks is incredibly proud of.”

It has also been a way for the company to show their support for healthcare workers in a practical and meaningful way, Ms Karabatas added.

“Through our brands, we wanted to do something to thank all the healthcare workers on the frontline, which we have been able to do in a small way through this partnership. It has helped bring to life Our Community Promise, which is to be caring and support the communities in which we operate.  I don’t think there is a better example at the moment.”

In a statement on its social media accounts, Alex Makes Meals thanked their sponsors, saying its work would otherwise not be possible.

“All of our accomplishments these past six months could not be obtained without the help of our dedicated volunteers, our generous donors, sponsors and partners, such as Toyota Australia, Dare Iced Coffee, and Laing O’Rourke.”

“Without the ongoing support of these organisations, and individuals, it would not be possible for us to wage the war on hunger in Australia.”

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