Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast and the Hunter Scot MacDonald MLC has welcomed the announcement by the Deputy Premier John Barilaro that the transport fee for regional charities engaged with Foodbank NSW & ACT has been scrapped by the NSW Liberal National Government.
This means that charities on the Central Coast and in the Hunter which receive food supplies from Foodbank will no longer have to pay the $50 transport fee per pallet, as part of a $630,000 commitment by the NSW Government.
“This funding support for Foodbank means charities will no longer be slugged additional transport fees for the food supplies that feed our most vulnerable,” Mr MacDonald said.
There are 53 charity partners operating across the Central Coast, Cessnock, Maitland, Port Stephens, Newcastle and Lake Macquarie LGAs. Among these are St Vincent de Paul Wyong, BaptistCare Windale Community Centre and Salvation Army Cessnock.
“Charities in the Central Coast and Hunter do such critical work, so it’s important that they are put on equal footing to those operating in the city, and aren’t disadvantaged because of their location.
Deputy Premier and Minister for Regional NSW John Barilaro said the funding ensures no one in NSW is disadvantaged simply because of where they live.
“Foodbank and the charities they support are at the forefront of looking after the most vulnerable people in our communities, and this funding means they’ll have more money to deliver those front line services,” Mr Barilaro said.
Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said the support from the NSW Government means from next month, every pallet delivery to regional charities will be transport-fee free.
“More than 35 per cent of the food distributed by Foodbank NSW & ACT is delivered to charities located in regional NSW,” Mr Andersen said.
“Last year, Foodbank NSW & ACT delivered more than 4,000 tonnes of food to our regional charity partners, which equates to 7.6 million meals.”
“This support from the NSW Government means on average, our regional charity partners will have an extra $150 every week to put towards food supplies, instead of covering transport costs.”
For more information on Foodbank visit https://www.foodbank.org.au/