Esso employees support Sale Foodbank

13 employees from Esso contributed to the worthy cause.Photos: Contributed

Sale’s Foodbank market has been bolstered by the support of Esso Australia.

Thirteen employees from the company – including ExxonMobil chair Dylan Pugh – volunteered their time at the Farms to Families market on April 5 to distribute fresh produce to residents in need.

Their appearance marks the company’s first contribution to Foodbank outside of Melbourne.

Offshore-producing assets manager, James Buckingham was one of the employees contributing to the market, stating that he was happy to volunteer his time.

“It’s great to support the communities in which we work, especially at the moment with people in need,” Mr Buckingham said.

“I think it’s great that we’re able to provide out here, and work with Foodbank on providing some really critical services to the community.”

Foodbank Victoria Agency relationships co-ordinator Brien Baxter was also in attendance on the day, assisting with the distribution of produce.

With the cost of living continuing to mount, Mr Baxter said that the demand for Foodbank’s services is rising.

“The request for more food is coming predominantly around fresh product, and things in the fridge,” Mr Baxter said.

“We’ve only had the market running a short time (today), and already people are saying they can’t afford broccoli, and we have broccoli here, so they’re really enjoying the fact that there’s a selection of fresh veg.”

More than 160 families took advantage of Foodbank’s services on the day, with more than three tonnes of fresh food and pantry staples distributed.

Mr Baxter said that the greatest benefit of being involved with Foodbank was feeding people.

“Those comments that people make about getting food that they couldn’t ordinarily afford, that’s probably my biggest buzz,” he said.

A spokesperson for Esso said that the company looks forward to holding another market mid-year.

Sale’s Foodbank branch operates at the Marley Street Community Hub, Mondays to Thursdays from 9am to 3.30pm, with anybody and everybody needing fresh produce welcome to attend.

To find out more information about Foodbank and how to contribute, visit the official website at www.foodbank.org.au/VIC

Esso’s James Buckingham and Simon Kemp volunteering at the Farms to Families market.
Photo: Contributed