What is the Fresh Foodbank?
A foodbank is simply a place where food is stored in order to distribute to people. The Stanthorpe Fresh Foodbank collects fruit and vegetables from farms in our area, packs the produce and distributes this to needy people.
Why have a Fresh Foodbank in Stanthorpe?
The short answer – to use the resources in our local area to help disadvantaged people with the basics of life – fresh food for a healthy diet.
The long answer – Stanthorpe boasts a rich resource simply from its farming community, as the following data, sourced from statistical and anecdotal sources, indicates:
- 35 000 tonnes of vegetable produce annually, with many tonnes of produce wasted in the paddock (due to non-viability of harvesting for a low market price), or at the markets, where produce may not be sold, or rejected due to less than perfect quality or appearance.
- Extreme weather events or natural disasters such as hail storms, fruit bat attacks and flooding also affect the chances of farmers being able to sell their produce. This waste of resources – time, labour, water, mechanical and agricultural inputs – is damaging to our environment and society, where 2 million Australians struggle to put food on the table.
- Australians throw out more than $5 billion worth of food each year. Several farms in the Stanthorpe area were questioned on their excess/ waste produce procedures, and these farms said that they would like to donate their excess produce to help local people who are disadvantaged. If just 1% of Stanthorpe’s total produce could be collected instead of being wasted, there would be enough for 1 tonne to be distributed to needy people each day of the year.
Who runs the Fresh Foodbank?
Stanthorpe Community Development Services Inc (CDS). CDS is a community-based, not-for-profit incorporated organisation run by a voluntary Management Committee, that seeks to sponsor, undertake, develop and make known community activities in the fields of family and social well-being, proceeding on a self-help basis where possible and practicable. The organisation services the Granite Belt, which has an area of 2,681 sq km.
How can I get some of this produce? Can anyone buy this from the Fresh Foodbank?
If you are experiencing hardship, please see CDS, St Vincent de Paul, Community Health, Lifeline, church groups or the Salvation Army.