Food rescue

War On Waste (WOW) Food: Inner West

Food waste is a major issue in the Inner West. Local people experience hunger today as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out.

War on Waste (WOW!) Food Inner West is all about fighting food waste and making healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity.

We divert 5 tonnes of good food from landfill every week

This has risen to 8 tonnes per week since lockdown began in late July 2021.

The food that we collect at Addi Road Food Pantry is made available to some of the most vulnerable people in our local community. These people include those experiencing homelessness, unemployment, as well as students and others who find themselves struggling to put enough food on the table.

The War on Waste (WOW!) Food Inner West initiative was supported by NSW EPA as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.

Addi Road hosts school excursions and workshops to learn about our WOW! Food Inner West project. To book an excursion or workshop, simply fill out our online booking form.

Food Rescue Alliance

Everyone knows we work better together so that is why we connect up with the many community service organisations across the Sydney who provide daily food relief for individuals and families. The Inner West Food Rescue Alliance, set up by Addi Road, determines ways that we can all work together to recover more surplus food, share equipment and resources and reach out to more people in need. 

$20 billion of food wasted every year

This year 3.6 million Australians (15%) experienced food insecurity. We waste $20 billion worth of food annually.  Food insecurity is a major concern. It can negatively impact children in the short and long term — their academic ability and health issues such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease. The most affected are Indigenous people (24%); unemployed people (23%); single parent households (23%); and low-income earners (20%).

Latest News

18 October 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Food of Love

Things have changed for Ethan and Brad-Lee. Earlier this year Brad-Lee had a brain haemorrhage. But it was not the sad story it could have been.
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9 October 2021 / featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

The Keeper

“I have loved it here,” say Clint Bolton, the former football goalkeeping star. “You get to a point in your life where you realise the most important thing is the relationships that you have with with people. Coming here, I’ve been inspired."
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30 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

The Giving Days

Kim and Hannah are here from Junction Neighbourhood Centre (JNC) filling up a van load of hampers at the Addi Road Food Relief Hub. Both of them have seen a lot with COVID-19 and its impact in the community.
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29 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Politics and Poverty

“I think the real question you have to ask is, why is it that all this volunteer labour is providing this level of essential service and care?” Leong says, gesturing around the Addi Road Food Relief Hub.
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28 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Power to the People

A coalition of community organisations dedicated to the notion of a basic living wage is being discussed. With a focus on weaving an alliance over the issue with community organisations in swinging seats at the next election.
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22 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

It’s a Long Way to the Top

AC/DC’s ‘It’s a Long Way to the Top (If You Wanna to Rock n Roll)’ is pumping through the hall that Addi Road have converted into our Food Relief Hub. Chris Minns, State Labor Leader of the Opposition and the Member for Kogarah, is our guest hamper packer today.
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20 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Really Linked In at Redfern

RedLink are a brilliant organisation working in collaboration with community members associated with the Redfern Towers housing estate. We're pleased to have connected with them.
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17 September 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Kind Regards

"People like to see kind stories in the media. The kind stories matter. The kindness matters. But people are being forced to ask why we need to be kind. And that is what we need to think about and respond to most of all. Why is it that we need to be kind?"
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14 September 2021 / Food Rescue

Grains of Rice

Erin and her two children, Yasmin and Ali, came to help at Addi Road Food Relief Hub: "It just feels good to give back."
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19 August 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

We are the Champions

We are honoured to be named BEST COMMUNITY GROUP in City Hub Sydney’s ‘Best of Sydney 2021’.
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Donations Act.

The Civil Liability Amendment (Food Donations) Act 2005, known as the Good Samaritan Act, protects food donors by limiting the liability of individuals and businesses that donate food, providing they meet certain food safety conditions: The food is donated in good faith for a charitable or benevolent purpose; the food is safe to eat when it leaves the possession or control of the donor; the donor gives the charity any information it needs to ensure the ongoing safety of the food.