Thanks to the support of local Victoria residents, 80,000 meals were donated to Victorians in need through Foodbank Australia on World Sandwich Day as a result of Subway’s Live Feed last Friday, 2 November.
Victoria locals supported the initiative by simply buying a sub, salad or wrap on the day, and joining in the celebrations to help raise important funds for Australia’s leading hunger organisation, Foodbank Australia.
Former tennis ace Sam Groth was present on the day, lending a hand as an honorary Sandwich Artist, making subs in the spirit of the cause for hungry Subway fans. Local restaurants added to the festivities by organising entertainment and activities for guests, creating a strong sense of community and togetherness.
Over 325,000 meals were donated across the nation by over 1,500 Subway restaurants, directly helping school children, families in regional and remote areas and people in need experiencing food insecurity.
More than 4 million Australians have faced food insecurity at some point in the last 12 months, 22% of whom are children. Shockingly, more than 1.5 million rural Australians have experienced food insecurity in the last year. Foodbank Australia’s CEO, Briana Casey, is proud of the Victoria community for its efforts.
“I am so grateful to everyone in Victoria who took part in the Subway Live Feed and helped us achieve this amazing result. Subway’s outstanding support, combined with the generosity of local communities is helping us change the lives of Australians in need for the better,” Brianna said.
Geoff Cockeill, CEO of Subway Australia/New Zealand said he was delighted to be part of Subway Live Feed for its second year.
“Food insecurity is a growing concern for many Australians, from all walks of life. We were thrilled to yet again host the Subway Live Feed help fight hunger in Australia. We want to extend our thanks to everyone who visited their local Subway to raise hundreds of thousands of meals for Australians who struggle to put food on their plates for themselves and their families,” Geoff said.
“Our aim of helping hundreds of thousands of people in need would not have been possible without the support of the local community and our Sandwich Artists across Victoria. Thank you to everyone that purchased a sub, salad or wrap on the day to fight hunger,” Geoff concluded.
Subway, in conjecntion with FoodBank, has delivered 343,196 meals to struggling Australians and 110,496 to New Zealanders.
The word sandwich is attributed to John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, United Kingdom. John was a well a known lover of card games. It’s said he originally ordered his meat to be delivered to him between two slices of bread so that he would not get his grease laden fingers on the card, nor require a fork to eat.
As Londoner’s heard of this, they started ordering their food “The Same as [Earl] Sandwich.”
Together with Foodbank, and Geelan Media, Subway Australia is proud to be able to make a difference to those in need. Every meal donated in celebration of World Sandwich Day was captured on the Subway Live Feed digital tracker www.SubwayLiveFeed.com.au