Meet the Team that Drives Foodbank

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January 15, 2018

Foodbank Queensland relies on the critical support of volunteers, staff and Board members to help Queenslanders struggling in the community. The organisation would like to recognise some of the individuals who demonstrate an outstanding commitment to achieving an Australia without hunger.

Phillip Smith

Warehouse Manager since the retirement of Kevin Walkden back in July 2017 Phil here is one of Foodbank Queensland’s many dedicated employees’. Prior to stepping into his new role Phil was initially employed as a forklift driver through Boystown (now Yourtown) after a shock redundancy left him unemployed with a family to support.

Working closely with our amazing volunteers Phil appreciates their enthusiastic and helpful nature which makes for a truly pleasant work environment.

For Phil he finds great satisfaction in knowing that he is able to help children who don’t have regular access to breakfast every day. Having been brought up wanting for nothing and with kids of his own Halo (10 years old) and Bella (7 years old) he appreciates what it means to these families knowing that people care and have the support of the community.

Bradley Lane

Brad here is one of our longest serving volunteers having been with us since 2004. As an ex cotton and grain farmer Brad has a way with our generous donors visiting the Brisbane Markets every week maintaining some of our most vital relationships.

An early riser Brad makes it to the markets at about 6:30am every Monday like clockwork. Outside of his work at the markets Brad is known as “Mr Fix It” where his handy man skills are utilised here in the warehouse.

For Brad one of the best parts of volunteering would have to be the friendships made and comradery amongst staff, agencies and volunteers. It’s what keeps him coming back year after year.

Brad and his wife Hyacinth are keen travellers with their most recent trip being to North Korea with designs on Singapore and Perth for 2018.

Foodbank would like to thank Phil, Brad and the wonderful team that helps the organisation carry out its work as the largest hunger relief provider in Australia. If you’re interested in joining the Foodbank Queensland team, please contact our friendly staff using the details provided…

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