Cart be­fore course of dis­carded food

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Belmont -

BEL­MONT-based Food Res­cue ser­vice launched two cargo carts on Fri­day to col­lect un­used foods from cafes in Perth’s CBD.

The new ini­tia­tive is a na­tional first, us­ing ma­noeu­vrable carts to gain ac­cess to cafes in busy city streets where trucks find it dif­fi­cult.

The Unit­ing Care West ser­vice uses the res­cued food to help feed peo­ple in need.

Rus­sell Blaikie, Food Res­cue’s food am­bas­sador and chef and part­ner at Must Wine Bar, said that as a chef it up­set him to see food dis­carded.

Par­tic­i­pat­ing café owner Krzys Gawel, from Just Eat in the CBD’s Wood­side Plaza, echoed the re­marks, en­dors­ing the food res­cue cart ini­tia­tive as a bril­liant model that of­fers an ap­peal­ing ease of lo­gis­tics for food col­lec­tion and re­dis­tri­bu­tion.

“The cargo carts are a great con­cept and will al­low café own­ers around the Perth CBD to strate­gi­cally part­ner with a char­i­ta­ble or­gan­i­sa­tion, to­gether with vol­un­teers from the cor­po­rate sec­tor to make a real dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity,” Mr Gawel said.

The two carts will op­er­ate daily in the CBD, with vol­un­teers from a range of busi­nesses tak­ing part in the daily runs to col­lect food.

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie

Food­bank op­er­a­tions man­ager Lyn­don Nils­son with Kyle Hud­speth, from Crois­sant Ex­press St Martin’s.

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