Reuse centre tastes success
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.