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Making a difference: Coles BBay and SecondBite

Terrific things are happening in Batemans Bay to reduce food waste and to help those in need. Members of the local team of SecondBite are working with Coles in Batemans Bay to rescue food that may be arriving at its use by date or might have some degree of damaged packaging. Returning this food to those in the community who need it ensures a considerable quantity of perfectly good food is saved from waste and land fill. Once collected the food then makes its way to Katungal and to Bay Life Church for distribution. The food is available to all in need.

Above: Second Bite's Anna Rantanen and volunteer Allan

Above: Cherie (L) from Katungal takes care of the distribution of food sourced by SecondBite. Local coordinator Anna Rantanen told the Beagle "SecondBite exists to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. We rescue surplus food from the retail network, and redistribute it, free of charge, providing food relief to people in need."

"For us, it’s simple: if it’s good enough to eat, it shouldn’t go to waste," Anna said. The SecondBite Winter Appeal in Coles supermarkets recently ran from 4th June to 2nd July where customers were able to purchase $2 donation cards at stores across Australia to support SecondBite. Each $2 donation card then enabled SecondBite to provide enough food for 10 meals for people to those who are doing it tough. In addition the sale of donation cards Coles also direct proceeds from the sale of reusable shopping bags. In FY18, $2.2 million was raised by Coles’ customers and team members through the sale of these products. In 2011, Coles and SecondBite formed a national partnership that led to a major expansion of their operations and reach across Australia donating unsold, edible food to local charities across Australia providing food relief to people in need.

Since 2011, Coles’ partnership with SecondBite has provided the equivalent of more than 85 million meals for people in need (as at the end of FY19).

VIDEO: Coles SecondBite Winter Appeal 2019

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