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Foodbank Visit 2021

Hansard ID: HANSARD-1323879322-123719

Hansard session: Fifty-Seventh Parliament, First Session (57-1)

Foodbank Visit 2021

Mr MARK COURE (OatleyMinister for Multiculturalism, and Minister for Seniors)

——Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the great work that the volunteers and staff at Foodbank NSW and ACT do every day. Speaker, once a year my staff and I head over to the Foodbank facility in Glendenning to help pack Christmas hampers and food supplies for those in need. Foodbank runs an enormous operation to feed thousands of people every day. In 2020 alone, they supplied over 12 million kilograms of food to 860 agencies in NSW and the ACT, accounting for over 22 million individual meals. This massive effort has seen hundreds of volunteers put in over 72,705 hours of work, packing and shipping food from over 18 million generous donors. Speaker, tackling the issue of hunger is an important task for government and the private sector to address, which is why the work that Foodbank does is so crucial to our charity organisations. I would like to thank CEO John Robertson, a former member of this House and thank all the volunteers who have helped out. I look forward to coming back next year to lend my support once again.