Re­use cen­tre tastes suc­cess

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - News -

ABOUT 2000kg of unused food is de­liv­ered to Bel­mont’s Food Res­cue cen­tre ev­ery two days.

As soon as it ar­rives from su­per­mar­kets around Perth, vol­un­teers work tire­lessly to sort it, pack it and dis­trib­ute it to char­i­ties across Perth.

Its aim is to al­le­vi­ate hunger by res­cu­ing per­ish­able, fresh and nu­tri­tious food from cafes, cater­ers, su­per­mar­kets and whole­salers, and de­liv­er­ing it to dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple.

The food they res­cue would likely oth­er­wise be thrown out.

The team won the Com­mu­nity Spirit Award, spon­sored by the South­ern Gazette, at the 22nd Bel­mont Small Busi­ness Awards last month. Man­ager Julie Broad said win­ning the award was recog­ni­tion of the con­tin­u­ing and incredible ef­forts each day by the staff and vol­un­teers.

“The com­mu­nity spirit of Food Res­cue is such that it is in­clu­sive, with many vol­un­teers not be­ing aware of the great friend­ships that are about to be made,” she said.

The team at Food Res­cue are de­scribed as the miss­ing link be­tween thou­sands of tons of fresh, nu­tri­tious food thrown into land­fill each year by the food industry and the thou­sands of hun­gry and dis­ad­van­taged peo­ple in need.

Food Res­cue’s Lyn­don Nill­son, Com­mu­nity News­pa­per Group’s Nathan Wayne and Food Res­cue’s Julie Broad.

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