It’s pledged up to $1 million of additional support in food and logistics to help their long-standing partners, OzHarvest, Foodbank and Fareshare, as well as Big W everyday community needs partner Good360.
An initial $500,000 commitment from Woolworths will provide immediate support to help increase the delivery of food hampers and pre-prepared meals for Australians in need.
Additionally, customers will be able to play their part when shopping at Woolworths Supermarkets (min $30 spend) and Metro stores (min $15 spend) by rounding up their purchases to the nearest dollar at the self-serve checkouts.
All money raised as part of the round-up will go to Foodbank to deliver emergency food and groceries to Australian communities struggling as a result of the lockdowns and the continued impacts of Covid-19.
Woolworths will match dollar for dollar any money donated by customers in-store or online, up to $500,000 to further support its food relief partners, and Good360 who distribute essential goods such as toiletries to the community.
“Caring for Australian communities is an important part of what it means to be today’s Fresh Food People,” says Woolworths Group CEO, Brad Banducci.
Foodbank Australia CEO Brianna Casey adds, “This additional support from Woolworths couldn’t have come at a more important time. With so many parts of the country in lockdown right now and the lingering impacts of Covid-19 being felt by communities everywhere, we’ve never needed more emergency food relief.”
OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn adds, “The increase in food relief for vulnerable Australians is unlike anything we have seen before. We thank Woolworths for recognising this demand and supporting us to help Australians in need at this crucial time.”
FareShare CEO, Marcus Godinho concludes, “Requests for FareShare meals have escalated as frontline charities strive to provide nutritious cooked meals for vulnerable Australians who are unable to cook for themselves. Thanks to Woolworths’ support we will cook more free healthy, homestyle meals to help Australians who have fallen on hard time.”