ADELAIDE (18 June, 2020) – Adelaide Venue Management (AVM) has prepared 250,000 meals to support vulnerable South Australians since April 2020.
“We were set the challenge to repurpose our venues as a result of COVID-19 restrictions,” comments Anthony Kirchner, Chief Executive Officer, Adelaide Venue Management.
“Just two months later, we’ve produced more than a quarter of a million meals to assist local community organisations provide food for vulnerable people – it’s a significant milestone.
“COVID-19 restrictions have obviously hit our venues hard, but it’s been pleasing to be able to utilise AVM’s considerable resources to support the South Australian community during what has been a very difficult time, whilst also keeping our full and part time staff busy. Working out of the Adelaide Convention Centre and Adelaide Entertainment Centre commercial kitchens, our staff have been prepping, cooking and packaging thousands of meals to help meet demand.”
Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink congratulated Adelaide Venue Management and their staff for preparing a whopping 250,000 meals for South Australians in need.
“This is a fantastic example of a South Australian organisation who has really stepped up to help the community in their hour of need,” said Minister Lensink.
“Not only has Adelaide Venue Management made 250,000 meals for some of our most vulnerable South Australians, their innovation is enabling staff to remain in jobs – and that’s particularly welcome news at this time. Well done to everyone involved.”
AVM operates the Adelaide Convention Centre, Adelaide Entertainment Centre and Coopers Stadium. Community organisations assisted included Meals on Wheels SA, Multiple Birth South Australia, Baptist Care SA and local government. In keeping with AVM’s local food policy, all produce used to prepare the meals has been sourced through local South Australian producers and suppliers. This includes more than 7,300kg of local chicken; 2,700kg local beef and 26,000+ sausages, along with 9,700kg of South Australian potatoes; 5,400kg carrots; 4,800kg beans; 3,000kg pumpkin and 1,800kg broccoli to name just a few.
In addition, AVM established an Event Staff Food Program to provide good quality food at nominal cost for its casual employees, many of whom have experienced financial hardship due to no events being able to take place across AVM’s venues.
More recently, AVM, in conjunction with industry groups CrewCare and Support Act, introduced a similar food program to support local roadies, events crew and musos who are doing it tough due to the decimation of live entertainment industry.
Kirchner adds, “It’s been no small undertaking, but the AVM team has done an exceptional job in supporting South Australian community organisations, primary producers and suppliers, as well as its casual employees and industry workers during a time when it would have otherwise been much easier to simply shut the doors until restrictions lifted.”
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