Foodbank WA CEO, Greg Hebble has been named finalist in the West Australian of the Year Community Award, for his extraordinary dedication to addressing the daily struggles faced by West Australians who don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
Last year, Foodbank WA provided over 5.7 million meals to West Australian’s in need, through its main Foodbank Centre for Hunger Relief in Perth and five regional distribution branches.
Greg was appointed Foodbank WA CEO and left his corporate career to lead the fight against hunger in 2010. It’s currently estimated that the not-for-profit provides food for 94,000 people each month throughout the state, 1/3 of whom are children.
“Growing up, I experienced first-hand how hard it was for my mum trying to raise three boys on her own. This coupled with my background in the food and grocery industry made Foodbank the perfect fit for me. I can really relate to many of the challenges that people face and I’m driven to continue to find more ways to help them,” said Greg.
“The growing issue of food insecurity is what gets me out of bed each morning. It’s unacceptable to me that 3.6 million Australians have experienced food insecurity in the past year, and less than half have asked for help.”
“I’m committed and passionate about ensuring that we have a whole of community approach to fighting hunger and that the community and government all work together to prevent these numbers increasing.”
Foodbank WA’s ability to help those in need has increased significantly during Greg’s time. The not-for-profit also runs the state’s largest School Breakfast Program which provides 2.4 million serves of breakfast to 450 schools throughout Western Australia, and they also deliver a helpful range of nutrition education and cooking programs to assist vulnerable West Australians.
Greg has transformed the organisation from one that was barely surviving financially, to one that is close to being fully sustainable. Greg has also raised Foodbank WA’s profile significantly by forging key government and corporate partnerships, and establishing several innovative programs.
Committed to the war on waste, Greg’s influence has also seen Foodbank WA reduce their annual surplus from 11% to 3% by giving food a ‘second life’ through producing pre-packaged, frozen meals. Greg continues to build relationships with local farmers to increase the volume of fresh food donations.
To find out more about Foodbank WA or to support the work that they do in the community visit www.foodbankwa.org.au