02 October 2020
St Vincent de Paul Society in Gympie, Community Support Services Village Pantry in Bankstown, Gift of Bread in Sydney and Albury Wodonga Regional FoodShare have each been awarded a $5,000 7-Eleven SecondBite FeedMORE Grant to help them expand their services to support those in need.
7-Eleven Australia CEO and Managing Director, Angus McKay said that the grants are funded through the donations of the 7-Eleven corporate team.
“As part of the Good Cause program, our corporate team members can donate from their regular salary to support their selected Good Cause partner charities. 7-Eleven matches every dollar donated and these funds are allocated to the 7-Eleven Secondbite FeedMORE Grants. These grants give the organisations the financial support they need to expand or grow, which might not otherwise have been possible within their standard operating budgets,” Mr McKay said.
The grants are a part of a broader partnership between 7-Eleven and SecondBite.
“We have been working with food rescue organisation SecondBite since 2018, supporting their work to end hunger by reducing waste through the 7-Eleven Good Cause program. We provide substantial funding to support their work and our corporate team members participate in both skilled and general volunteering. Our team have jumped at the chance to put their hands in their own pockets in addition to our corporate funding. Members of the corporate team also donate their time to work inside SecondBite’s warehouse sorting produce. Everyone in the team who has volunteered and donated has really enjoyed the chance to give back. As a business, we are incredibly proud to support the work that SecondBite and their partner organisations do in the community which has never been more necessary,” he said.
SecondBite CEO, Jim Mullan said the grants allow the recipients to fund key infrastructure or new programs.
“Assisting the expansion of our agencies with 7-Eleven’s generous workplace giving program elevates the efficiency of their food programs and, in turn, increases the number of people that can be supported who are experiencing food insecurity,” Mr Mullan said.
SecondBite also uses the corporate funding they receive from 7-Eleven to extend their own services to client organisations.
“Our partnership with 7-Eleven has been extraordinarily important. Our Community Connect™ network with 1300 partners nationally is a huge part of the work we do. 7-Eleven’s financial support has helped us to devote more time to reaching more organisations and supporting the work they do in the local community,” he concluded.