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Food Relief North Queensland

Ray White Kirwan is proud to be supporting Food Relief North Queensland again this year. It is a fantastic organisation dedicated to helping supply food to the needy. If you are coming by the office, why not bring along some non – perishable food items to support this cause?

“Food Relief NQ is a Not-For-Profit organisation that supplies food to bonafide welfare agencies throughout North Queensland.  The Concept of Food Relief NQ is simple – To feed our areas needy by purchasing and redistributing food surplus from wholesalers and industry producers before it becomes waste. Registered welfare and community groups such as St Vincent de Paul Society, Salvation Army, NQ combined Women’s Services, and Community & Aged Care Services just to name a few are then able to distribute Family Food Hampers to the needy at a far reduced cost.

Food Relief NQ was established as Foodbank Townsville in 2002 by Brad Webb from BM Webb Holdings.   An 800m2 purpose building was donated by Brad to make the venture a viable operation.  Brad was instrumental in obtaining support from other businesses, and in coordinating the entire infrastructure associated with the set up of the warehouse.Food Relief NQ encourages manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and traders in the food, beverage and grocery industries to donate products to Food Relief for redistribution to the needy.

Food Relief is unique in that our region has virtually no Food manufacturing or processing facilities and so we rely heavily on the financial support of members of the Community who can assist Food Relief in meeting demands. Over the past 5 years Food Relief NQ has purchased on average $ 280,000 of food each year to support the welfare industry within the North.

Food Relief NQ distributes to over 76 welfare agencies within North Queensland, from Cairns to Mackay and out to Mt Isa.  Each year we distributed over 200,000 Kg of food to welfare agencies within North Queensland.” (exerpt from http://www.foodreliefnq.org.au)