Thanks to our Coles Community Food with SecondBite program, fresh produce bound for landfill is feeding hungry Australians. It’s a startling statistic – 1.2 million Australians don’t have access to affordable, safe and nutritious food. But through our partnership with SecondBite, a national not-for-profit food rescue organisation, 1.9 million kilograms of fresh fruit and vegetables and bakery goods have been donated by Coles to food agencies. They distribute or cook the food and serve to the hundreds of thousands of people in need of a well-balanced, nutritious diet.
The program runs in two different ways; in metropolitan areas the food is transported in refrigerated SecondBite vans from Coles stores to the food agencies, while in regional areas, SecondBite arranges for local agencies to collect the food directly from our stores under SecondBite’s innovative Community Connect model.
Last week, Curtis Stone visited the SecondBite team in Queensland and got to see the work they do first-hand and meet some of the people the program assists. Below are some of the photos from the day: