Last week, a team from Pen had the opportunity to trade their regular office attire for high visibility vests and spend a day working with Australia’s largest hunger relief organisation – Foodbank.

Foodbank is a non-denominational, non-profit organisation which acts as a pantry to the charities and community groups who feed the hungry.

Foodbank works closely with food and grocery industries to source nutritious wholesome meals. Each year, this incredible organisation provides 63 million meals to over 2600 charities and 1750 schools. It distributes over 35 million kilograms of food and groceries.

This is all made possible by the farmers, wholesalers, manufacturers and retailers that donate the food as well as the volunteers that donate their time to help work in the Foodbank warehouse sorting through produce and packing meals.

The duties required of volunteers varies from day to day as well as the produce and meals that need sorting. Potatoes and pears were on the agenda for team Pen. The team sorted through and packed over 1000 kilograms of produce.

The day was a success and everyone left feeling fulfilled and proud to have made such a meaningful contribution to an amazing organisation.

This volunteering opportunity was part of Pen’s Australia Wide Volunteering Plan and commitment to helping others within the community. Pen employees are entitled to 7.5 hours of paid leave each year to take part in community or volunteering activities.

Over the next few months, Pen have a number of teams who will continue to support the Foodbank and volunteer their time.

To find out more about FoodBank or to get involved, visit their website: