FoodShare’s volunteers and supporters have celebrated getting two new delivery vans on the road and the installation of a second freezer and cool room to support the Community Pantry program.
The purchase of the refrigerated delivery van was made possible with funding received from the Rotary Club of Albury, Albury Wodonga Connected Communities, ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM - The Geoff & Helen Handbury Foundation as well as the NSW Government - My Community Projects and the SS&A Club.
Australian Communities Foundation also supported FoodShare by funding a grant for a dedicated delivery van to distribute food hampers as part of the Community Pantry initiative.
Thanks to the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal (FRRR) and Border Trust, FoodShare was able to instal an additional freezer and cool room for increased capacity to receive and store food as it becomes available through community partners.
Simon Welsh, FoodShare Chair said “Thanks to all our supporters who collectively donated over $180,000 in grants, the new essential equipment will allow FoodShare to put more of a dent in the region’s food insecurity”.
Image: Mayor Kev Poulton (City of Wodonga), Cr David Thurley (Albury City), Jean Burke (Rotary Club of Albury), Julia Vesval (Border Trust), Allison Bruce (Albury Wodonga Connected Communities), Simon Baker (Baker Motors), Matthew Fowler (ACE Radio 2AY & Edge FM) and Simon Welsh (FoodShare).
Image: Phil Jones, Stakeholder Engagement Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group, Peter Matthews, General Manager, FoodShare and Rachael Tamme, Community Engagement Advisor, Australian Gas Infrastructure Group.
ALDI Australia will double the amount of unsold food it sends to charities such as FoodShare as part of their commitment to send zero food waste to landfill by 2023.
To support this initiative any food unfit for human consumption will be donated as animal feed and the supermarket will expand segregated waste collection at stores as well as launch a new range of fresh fruit and vegetables with minor imperfections.
Australia wastes more than 7.3 million tonnes of food every year, costing the economy more than $20 billion annually.
ALDI’s zero waste commitment was launched in Albury on Monday 3 May by ALDI Australia Customer Interactions Director Adrian Christie and Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley.
The zero food waste commitment is on the way to ALDI's bigger ambitious target to send zero food or other waste to landfill by 2025.
This is in line with the Australian government’s National Waste Policy Action Plan, which aims to reduce the total waste generated in Australia by 10 per cent per person and to halve the amount of organic waste sent to landfill by 2030.
Image: Federal Environment Minister Sussan Ley with FoodShare General Manager Peter Matthews at the launch of ALDI’s zero waste commitment (credit Mark Jesser)