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Manildra Group and MSM Milling have helped Foodbank to provide 51 million meals to Australians in need through their flour, sugar and oil donations despite some of the toughest drought conditions on record.

The donations are part of Foodbank’s collaborative supply program, which sees suppliers work together to produce essential foods.

The hunger relief organisation says that since 2004, Manildra Group has provided flour to manufacture pasta with Rinoldi as part of the country’s first program of its kind.

From 2009, MSM Milling has provided canola oil donations to the production of Leggo’s Napoletana Pasta Sauce in a joint initiative with Simplot and its ingredient suppliers. Sugar for the pasta sauce is also donated by Manildra, through Sunshine Sugar.

Foodbank Australia's National Supply Chain general manager Michael Davidson said the organisation is incredibly grateful for the ongoing support and partnership with both Manildra Group and MSM Milling.

“With more than 40 per cent of Foodbank’s total food relief volume helping regional and remote communities and the tough season at hand, the involvement of these two leading regionally based manufacturing companies is appreciated and needed more than ever to help communities and vulnerable Australians, including here in their own backyard, in Orange and regional NSW.

“Manildra Group and MSM Milling source the wheat and canola from the local area, handle the milling and consolidation locally and help people in the local area with the finished products from the program distributed via our network of front line charities,” he said.

In 2017 the Manildra Group collectively donated 22,400 meals to Foodbank from product donations across its range, and more than 5 million serves from its involvement in the two collaborative supply programs, providing a significant social return on investment of more than $8.2 million last year alone.

In addition to its ongoing donations, Manildra Group has assisted by providing flour and sugar donations for Foodbank’s drought relief hampers which are currently being distributed throughout regional NSW.

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