WOW Food! Inner West

Food waste is a major issue in the Inner West. There are local families experiencing hunger today as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out. Our “War on Waste (WOW!) Food Inner West” campaign is all about fighting food waste in the Inner West and making healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity. We are diverting tonnes of good food from going to landfill. The food that we collect through our campaign and Addi Road Food Pantry service is passed on to some of the most vulnerable people in our local community, including people who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, as well as students and others who find themselves struggling to put enough food on the table.

This project was supported by NSW EPA as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.

What Can Be Donated?

View our WISHLIST of items we really need right now.
We currently are able to accept donations of fruit and vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items (such as laundry detergent, cleaning products, personal products (shampoo, soap, sanitary goods, etc) and other miscellaneous household goods. Products close to ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates, excess and slow-moving stock or deleted lines, products incorrectly labelled, products with damaged packaging and sample and bulk produce are all accepted.

Who Can Donate?

We accept donations from primary producers, manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centres, wholesalers, agents and importers, Food service retailers and – of course – individuals and local community groups.

Contact Us

Please contact us to discuss or arrange collection on (02) 9569 7633.

Alternately you can contact the Food Pantry at Addison Road Community Centre Organisation by emailing us at foodpantry@addiroad.org.au

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.

WOW! Food

Food waste is a major issue in the Inner West. There are local families experiencing hunger today as tonnes of perfectly good food is being thrown out. Our “War on Waste (WOW) Food! Inner West” campaign is all about fighting food waste in the Inner West and making healthy food more accessible to people experiencing food insecurity. We are diverting tonnes of good food from going to landfill. The food that we collect through our campaign and Addi Road Food Pantry service is passed on to some of the most vulnerable people in our local community, including people who are experiencing homelessness, unemployment, as well as students and others who find themselves struggling to put enough food on the table.

This project was supported by NSW EPA as part of Waste Less, Recycle More, funded from the waste levy.

What Can Be Donated?

We currently are able to accept donations of fruit and vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items (such as laundry detergent, cleaning products, personal products (shampoo, soap, sanitary goods, etc) and other miscellaneous household goods. Products close to ‘best before’ or ‘use by’ dates, excess and slow-moving stock or deleted lines, products incorrectly labelled, products with damaged packaging and sample and bulk produce are all accepted.

Who Can Donate?

We accept donations from primary producers, manufacturers, warehouses and distribution centres, wholesalers, agents and importers, Food service retailers and – of course – individuals and local community groups.

Contact Us

Please contact us to discuss or arrange collection on (02) 9569 7633 or 0405 006 446

Alternately you can contact the Food Pantry at Addison Road Community Centre Organisation by emailing us at foodpantry@addiroad.org.au

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.

 

 

Everyone knows we work better together so that is why we are connecting up with the many community service organisations across the Inner West who provide daily food relief for individuals and families. The Inner West Food Rescue Alliance, set up by Addi Road, will determine ways that we can all work together to recover more surplus food, share equipment and resources and reach out to more people in need. As it develops, the Alliance will provide even greater food security in our community.

$20 Billion Food Wasted Annually.

In Australia, we waste $20 billion worth of food annually, think about that for a second, and this year some 3.6 million Australians (15%) experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity is a major concern for society as it can impact negatively upon outcomes for children in the short and long term – including children’s academic ability and health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. At a glance most affected are Indigenous people (24%); unemployed people (23%); single parent households (23%); and low-income earners (20%).

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.

Everyone knows we work better together so that is why we are connecting up with the many community service organisations across the Inner West who provide daily food relief for individuals and families. The Inner West Food Rescue Alliance, set up by Addi Road, will determine ways that we can all work together to recover more surplus food, share equipment and resources and reach out to more people in need. As it develops, the Alliance will provide even greater food security in our community.

$20 Billion Food Wasted Annually.

In Australia, we waste $20 billion worth of food annually, think about that for a second, and this year some 3.6 million Australians (15%) experienced food insecurity. Food insecurity is a major concern for society as it can impact negatively upon outcomes for children in the short and long term – including children’s academic ability and health issues including obesity, diabetes and heart disease. At a glance most affected are Indigenous people (24%); unemployed people (23%); single parent households (23%); and low-income earners (20%).

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.

About WOW Food Inner West

In 2018 Addison Road Community Centre received a grant from the EPA to undertake a War on Waste project in the Inner West. The ‘WOW Food! Inner West’ project aims to reduce good food waste going to landfill, and use this to help local people overcome food insecurity.

The project has three components:

  1. A Study to work with local businesses to understand the barriers they experience in relation donating food, and to work together on strategies to overcome these;
  2. A Campaign to encourage local businesses (particularly food wholesalers and retailers) to come on board and donate their surplus stock, including stock which has passed its ‘best before’ date, so it can be distributed to those in need;
  3. The establishment of an Inner West Food Rescue Alliance to bring together local groups and not for profits who are supporting local individuals and families who are struggling to afford enough good food to eat, to best share the donated food.

The project started in late 2018 and will run until mid 2020..

Latest News

September 18, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Sebastian

“Right now I feel that the music of Brahms and this community [at Addi Road] break me free into some other feeling. I was here alone. This community help me. But it is about a lot more than food."
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September 17, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Paul

“For me personally, I can see that it is not as bad as it could have been. I’m healthy; my friends are all well. I guess I am getting used to the new normal.”
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September 10, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Kevin

Kevin gets around. He found out about the Addi Road Food Pantry Marrickville at his water aerobics class. “A lady there volunteers here. She told me all about it. This is my first time here. I heard what she said and thought I must come. And I am sure glad I did!”
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September 4, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Jack

"I don’t want others to feel abandoned. Especially now that I am in a position of privilege, I can give back to others. I’ve finally worked out what I want to do and why I want to help people."
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September 3, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Beautiful Day

See our photo gallery and story on the opening of Addi Road Food Pantry Camperdown. "It’s about the building blocks for a community. That’s why I’m here.” - Jamie Parker, Member for Balmain.
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September 1, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Gaylene

"There’s a lot of low-income people around here in Camperdown, so they will really appreciate having the Food Pantry opening. But you know, I see people in private accommodation that are struggling. There’s people in nice houses and they are finding it hard even to pay their mortgage.”
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August 27, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Kate and Max

Kate and Max have been coming to the Addi Road Food Pantry Marrickville “every week since it opened,” she says. Max looks up at his mum, a little sceptical about that claim. “I don’t remember coming when I was in kindy!”
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March 24, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Addi Road’s Emergency Food Hampers

Addison Road Community Organisation has re-purposed our Hall as a storage and production centre. Emergency food hampers are being prepared by our volunteer team (pictured) – and will be given to NGO's to deliver to their most vulnerable and isolated community members who are unable to shop at our Food Pantry.
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March 20, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Friends Will Come Round

“If no one panicked, we would all be fine. There’d be enough food for everyone.”
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March 13, 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Our Community Needs Food – Please Donate Now!!!

The demand for affordable groceries is shooting through the roof. Addison Road Community Organisation's FOOD PANTRY has seen a growth in customers of more than 20% every week for the last month. Food is a basic human right. Hunger is an injustice.
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Albanese supports food rescue in the Inner West

Our local MP Anthony Albanese popped in recently to lend some support for our War on Waste (WOW) food rescue program. It's time to let local food providers know that the program is open for business!To learn more about our War on Waste, head to www.addiroad.org.au/war-on-waste

Posted by Addison Road Community Organisation on Thursday, 14 February 2019

Local MP Anthony Albanese voices his support for WOW Food Inner West

https://vimeo.com/316024472

Food Banks’ John Robertson outlines his vision for an Australia that embraces waste food.

Total Food Rescued 2019 financial year

26% above our Key Performance Indicator

Food Rescue Table

Thanks to all our Food Donors

Addison Road Fruit & Veg, Aldi Leichhardt, Barilla Australia, Berger Ingredients, Bertocchi, Best and Less, Bob & Pete’s Yum Bakeries, Bread & Butter Project, Bundle Variety, Burwood Girls High School, Cafe 2204, Elizabeth Cage, Camdenville Public School, Channel Ten, CHOICE Magazine, Colyton Pharmacy, Clovelly Public School, Coogee Public School, Cornersmith Marrickville, Ethical Grocer-Enmore, EPIK Brands, Farmer Jo, Ferncourt Public School, Craig and Lara Foster, Fine Foods, The Fresh Basket-Newtown, Get and Give Project, The Generous and the Grateful, Grill’d Darling Harbour, Grill’d Leichhardt, Hampden Park Public School, H2coco, Hilton Sydney, IGA-Newtown, IGA-South Hurstville, Mark Isaacs, Italian Bowl-Newtown, Maggie’s Rescue, Maggie May Café, Minnie Mitroyiani, MKR Film Crew, Mummies Paying it Forward, Mums4Refugees Sydney, Veronica Nou, Orange Grove Public School, Parker Cleaning Services, PCYC Marrickville, Penny Appeal Australia, QE Foodstores -Randwick, QE Foodstores-Milsons Point, RSPCA, St Mary’s Public School, Sanitarium, Secondbite, Seet Dance Company, Serendipity Ice Cream, Seventh Street Ventures, Libby Shama, Spotted Cow, Sydney Special Children’s Christmas Party, Think Foods, Vic on the Park, Vanella Cheese, Wilkins Public School, Willie the Boatman, Wilson Street Dropbox

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call. For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

Get In Touch

Got a question or need to know more about something we do here? No matter if it’s a question big or small you can get in touch with us by sending us an email, filling out our online contact form or giving our friendly Centre staff a call. For more information on upcoming events check out our Facebook page.

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