A NEW no-waste repurposing of butchers’ unsold beef and other meat products to assist with feeding the less privileged and homeless in Brisbane was launched today in Brisbane.
BeefBank, a charity established by the Rotary Club of Brisbane Centenary has launched BeefRelief, with the support of Australian Meat Industry Council member independent retail butchers from Brisbane and across regional Queensland.
With a growing need to source a regular supply of protein to feed the increasing number of people living rough in Brisbane, BeefBank, a support partner of Foodbank has teamed up with butchers competing in the Queensland state finals of the AMIC sausage king, best butcher’s burger and smallgoods competitions taking place this weekend.
Unsold beef and other meat products remaining in store towards the end of the retail sale cycle will be collected on a regular basis, packaged and distributed through the Foodbank network to those in need under this new BeefRelief partnership.
Chairman of BeefBank, Andrew Rodgers, said the benefits of this initiative were twofold: relief from hunger through the provision of quality protein, and addressing a sometimes-problematic food waste issue.
“Through the establishment of formal, organised and safe ‘food supply meeting demand’ donation processes, sustainable solutions to complex social problems can be found.” Mr Rodgers said.
Roma based AMIC retail member, Paul Lavelle from Queensland Country Meats said the meat industry had been good to him over many years, so supporting an initiative such as this allowed him to give something back and do his bit to help those in need.
I encourage everyone in the retail meat game to jump on board and support BeefBank through this new BeefRelief program,” Mr Lavelle said.
All unused products left over from the Queensland state finals of the annual AMIC sausage king, smallgoods and butcher’s burger competition being staged today at Gambaro’s Hotel in Brisbane will be donated to BeefBank in the first official BeefRelief pick up for 2022.