Sodexo has renewed its partnerships with Dolmio and Foodbank for the Great Dolmio Cookoff event to raise awareness of global hunger.
Held on 9-13 October, the event will see 100 members of the Dolmio team, along with staff from Sodexo, volunteer their time to make 1000 meals a day, which will be delivered by Foodbank Australia’s charity network to people in need of food relief.
Keith Weston, Managing Director of Sodexo Australia, said the partnership builds on their global Stop Hunger initiative to address food insecurity and malnutrition, with Sodexo providing support services and the key ingredients for the 5000 meals.
“In Australia alone, two million households experienced severe food insecurity in the last year. With this figure set to rise with the increased cost of living and inflation on everyday household goods, it is important that we act today to deliver a better tomorrow for our communities.
“Our mission is to improve quality of life through our services, and we believe that quality of life only begins when basic needs are met. This annual event demonstrates tangible actions we can take to enhance the lives of our communities through collaboration and shared social responsibility,” said Weston.
Bill Heague, General Manager of Mars Food and Nutrition Australia, said he knows the importance of helping to put food on tables.
“Dolmio is all about helping to inspire the small touches that can bring joy to our day-to-day lives. For many of us, that comes through the food we eat and who we eat it with, and that connection is something everyone should get to enjoy.
“However, sadly there are an increasing number of Australians, including in our own Central Coast, who are struggling with food insecurity. That’s why we are joining forces again with our generous partners to provide healthy cooked meals for people in need in our local community.”
Brianna Casey, CEO of Foodbank Australia, said the organisation has never seen such a high demand for food relief.
“We could not do what we do without the support of our generous donors like Mars Food Australia and Sodexo, who continue to help us get meals to where they’re needed in many communities throughout the country.”