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This food donation project is rescuing excess food from Canberra’s supermarkets—and you can be involved

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We all love food, but for the estimated 25,000 Canberran’s experiencing food insecurity, putting a meal on the table is one of the most stressful impacts on their life.

The Food Donation Network is a new project hoping to change that, aiming to rescue excess food from Canberra’s supermarkets, divert it from landfills and send it to the homes of those who need it most.

Food wastage is an expensive issue costing the Australian economy $36.6 billion a year according to experts at the Food Innovation Australia Limited (FIAL). For the Food Donation Network, supermarkets represent the greatest opportunity in food rescue, due to their large volumes of food and commitment to local charities.

Working alongside OzHarvest and SecondBite, the Food Donation Network will provide local charities with quality surplus food that is turned away from shelves because it does not meet the optimal criteria for shoppers, such as shape, size, and colour.

The project will also help supermarkets achieve their zero waste commitments with Coles aiming to divert 85% of solid waste from landfills by mid-2025 and ALDI aiming to send zero food waste to landfills by 2023.

With less food in landfill, the project will also reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is a significant contributor to climate change.

Interested in helping out? The Food Donation Network is keen to hear from any food relief agencies that would like to partner with a supermarket to receive quality excess food.

If you would like to get involved visit crjo.nsw.gov.au or email Jess Fordyce at jessica.fordyce@crjo.nsw.gov.au

 

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