To help get much-needed supplies out to the affected regions, Fonterra has supported charity partner Foodbank through an initial donation of $40,000 of milk powder – which equates to 78,000 litres of milk for those who need it most.
Fonterra is also helping store 500 pallets of food and supplies generously donated by food companies and the public until Foodbank is ready to ship it.
The Fonterra team has raised almost $8,000 – and with Fonterra matching every dollar, $16,000 will be donated to the Australian Red Cross Disaster and Relief Recovery Fund.
A co-ordinated industry effort is underway to get help to where farmers need it most. This includes getting feed to affected farms and helping to home cows outside the fire zones until they’re safe to return.
The bravery and determination of the emergency services volunteers has been nothing short of inspiring, and we’re proud to have members of our team on the frontline with the CFA and SES. To recognise their dedication and the care they show to the community, Fonterra has provided additional volunteer leave.
The processor has been humbled by the support of Kiwi colleagues and farmers who joined the fleet of New Zealand volunteer firefighters to bravely fight these devastating fires.