Morningside Businesses Team Up To Feed Hungry Families

Queensland’s largest hunger-relief charity Foodbank, whose distribution centre is based in Morningside has partnered with the Australian Consumer Choice (ACC) to deliver much-need protein to hungry families during the global pandemic.

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ACC, a longstanding, family-owned cattle and beef company known for providing high-quality meat products to domestic and export markets, serves as the national donor to Foodbank. 

They ensure no products go unnecessarily to waste, providing donations of surplus, mislabelled or underweight products so those experiencing food insecurity can have access to protein. Since the start of 2020, ACC had donated more than 30,000 kilograms of meat products, providing the equivalent of almost 56,000 meals.

“Our Brisbane food processing facility at Cannon Hill is literally just up the road from Foodbank Queensland’s Morningside distribution centre,” said ACC Chief Executive Officer Anthony Lee in a media release.

Foodbank’s QLD centre at Morningside (Photo supplied)

Foodbank Australia General Manager, National Supply Chain, Michael Davidson, said meat was not a product that traditionally came to Foodbank in significant or regular volume, yet it was an important source of protein for families, regardless of their financial situation.

“Our partnership with ACC has the added advantage of proximity, which means it’s just a 4-minute drive from Foodbank QLD to pick up their donations,” said Mr Davidson. 

Mr Davidson said this is a great example of like-minded organisations in Brisbane’s southeast working together for a good cause to provide much-needed food relief supplies, including protein for the Foodbank network and the local charities to distribute.

Foodbank Hunger Drive

Every September, Foodbank observes the Foodbank Hunger Drive month, which raises awareness of the 1 in 5 Queenslanders who face hunger each year and often don’t know where their next meal is coming from. This month also marks the second anniversary of ACC’s national support for Foodbank Australia. To learn more about this initiative, visit Foodbank’s Hunger Drive website.

Help Fight Hunger @ Morningside’s World Food Day

Foodbank Queensland is inviting everyone to join their second Annual World Food Day to help fight hunger in Queensland and the rest of Australia. Foodbank Queensland is a part of Foodbank Australia, Australia’s largest food relief organisation. In Queensland alone, Foodbank has provided over 20,000 meals in 2016 and almost 8,000 meals in 2017, to date. World Food Day hopes to raise awareness of food insecurity in Queensland.

World Food Day is normally held every 16th day of October. However, Foodbank Queensland will hold their celebration of World Food Day on Sunday, the 15th of October.


Event Details

Date Sunday, 15 October
Time 6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Venue Foodbank Queensland Warehouse
Tickets $150

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In Morningside, World Food Day celebrations will feature an evening of food, drinks, and entertainment. The main stage will be occupied by the Havana Tropical Band to set the cocktail theme and mood. There will be live and silent auctions of memorabilia and unique items.

Guests will be delighted by the exquisite cocktail dishes and drinks that will be served by Brisbane’s best restaurateurs and boutique breweries. They are also the “Diamond Sponsors” of the World Food Day.


Cha Cha Char Wine Bar & Grill

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Cha Cha Char promises an innovative dining experience as Brisbane’s signature steakhouse. Their wide range of high quality meats were sourced from local Australian producers. Their “Steak Menu” features different cuts of beef that were cooked from the traditional wood-fired grill.

Aside from the steak, Cha Cha Char also serves lighter meals. Their “A La Carte Menu” is inspired by both Asian and European cuisines. They’ll be serving their “special cocktail dishes” for the “special cocktail fundraiser”.


1889 Enoteca

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“Vera Cucina Romana” — 1889 Enoteca

One of the few restaurants that claim to serve “Real Roman Food,” 1889 Enoteca, like any other “enoteche” (wine repository) in Italy, combines a restaurant, a wine bar, a basement level cellar, and a small wine store. Their wine list focuses on natural wines and vintage wines that will make you think of the flavours of the bold, Tuscan countryside.


IL Centro

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IL Centro is one of Brisbane’s best restaurants at the Eagle Street Pier since 1992. They only use the freshest local produce to serve their “innovative modern Italian menu”. Their signature dish, Sand Crab Lasagne, will be served on the night of the event. The restaurant describes it as a modern Italian dish with a Queensland twist. This creamy crustacean dish is every patron’s favourite when they visit IL Centro.


Mr. & Mrs. G Riverbar

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Mr. & Mrs. G Riverbar is IL Centro owners’ welcoming bar, located just across IL Centro. Their Bar Team will be serving exotic new cocktails that will compliment the World Food Day’s cocktail fundraiser theme. They are also proud in serving “tapas-style” food menu that are tempting and heavenly to taste.


Jellyfish Restaurant

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Jellyfish, as its name suggests, specializes in serving the “best” seafood dishes in town. They aim to serve the best fish dishes that are oven baked, crispy fried, char-grilled, soda-battered, and citrus-crumbed. Jellyfish chefs are eager to complement these fish dishes with sauce and extensive range of side dishes. Luckily, the World Food Day guests can have a taste of their menu.


Moda Restaurant

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The Moda Restaurant is one of Brisbane’s most unique restaurants. Led by the famous Chef Javier Codina and front of house host, Francois Le Saveant, they combine rustic and contemporary cuisine to serve their unique menu. Moda provides exquisite dishes that can complement intimate dinners, soiree, and cocktail parties, including the World Food Day.


Newstead Brewing Co.

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Newstead Brewing Co. is one of the most iconic boutique breweries in Brisbane. Their operations started when they established the Newstead Brewing Co. in a 1940s steel warehouse on the Doggett Street back in 2013. Just this year, they already extended their market by establishing a production brewery and pub in Milton.

They will be serving their signature brews at the World Food Day and you may not want to miss this.

A shout out from Michael of Newstead Brewing Co. to come along to #WorldFoodDay! Get your tickets via and see you there!

Posted by Foodbank Queensland Ltd on Wednesday, September 13, 2017


World Food Day is a global initiative that aims to end hunger and poverty. Over 150 countries around the globe will be celebrating the World Food Day to commemorate the founding of Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), an organisation that is dedicated to eliminate hunger and malnutrition.

Visit Foodbank Queensland’s website for updates.