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. Currently we are able to accept donations of fruit & vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items, this includes: 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.  Simply, we welcome any product you find in an average kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

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

If you would like to help us to combat food waste and help people who are hungry assist local individuals and families, 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

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. Currently we are able to accept donations of fruit & vegetables, unopened packaged foods, household items, this includes: 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. Simply, we welcome any product you find in an average kitchen, bathroom or laundry.

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

If you would like to help us to combat food waste and help people who are hungry assist local individuals and families, 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

 

 

$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%).

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.

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 donated with the intention that the receiver of food does not have to pay for the food 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 donated with the intention that the receiver of food does not have to pay for the food 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.

The WOW Food! Inner West webpage will provide regular updates on the project, including new donors coming on board and an ongoing tally of food which has been rescued.

For more information about the WOW Food! Inner West project contact Addi Road’s Partnership Manager on 95697633.

In The Media

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 Centre on Thursday, 14 February 2019

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

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

Food Rescued to Date

Thanks to all our Food Donors

Bread & Butter Project
Sydney Hilton
Killara and Dolores womens refuge
IGA – Newtown
Bob & Petes
Italian Bowl
Chefs Express/The Pasta Factory
Panificio
Hill View Farms
Rita Organics
Brooklyn Bakers
Green Light Organics
Common Grounds Organic Bakery
St Marlo Organic Bakery
Fritter Stall
School Tour Groups
Serendipity Icecream
Secondbite
R + S Smallgoods
Metcash V/M
Barilla
Film Crew

 

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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