Food rescue

War On Waste (WOW) Food: Inner West

Food waste is a major issue throughout the world. Here in Sydney, people experience hunger whilst thousands of kilos of perfectly good food is thrown out every day.

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 over 6 tonnes of good food from landfill every week

During lockdown in 2021, our food rescue rose to 8 tonnes per week!  The food we rescue at our Addi Road Food Pantry and Food Relief Hub is made available to some of the most vulnerable people in our  community. This includes people experiencing homelessness and unemployment, single-parents, students, those on low incomes 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.

Food Rescue Alliance

We work better together so 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 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

19 May 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

Addi Road Writers Festival 2022 – Some Kind of Day

Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022 is over for another year. All that’s left to do is pack up a few chairs and clean Gumbramorra Hall and the Greek Theatre, although we did most of that last Saturday night as a full moon rose over us.
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13 May 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

Addi Road Writers Festival 2022 – The People

Here's an A to Z of all the people appearing at Addi Road Writers' Festival 2022. Poets, storytellers, journalists, memoirists, cartoonists and more.
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2 May 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022 – The Program

As surely as sunlight after months of rain, coming together at a community arts event is a tonic. Most especially with an election looming. Come join us Sat 14 May from 12 o'clock for a great day.
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14 April 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

Directors’ Statement for Addi Road Writers’ Festival 2022

Addi Road Writers' Festival 2022 happens on Saturday 14 May. Our theme this year is ‘New Lines’. New lines of conversation and inquiry. New lines in what storytelling can be – and what it can do for us.
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13 April 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

Another Rainy Day in Sydney

Backyard table; golden leaves. Addi Road autumn in Marrickville. So much rain the wood of the old table is soaked right through. More than a moment’s silence can be found here. Our hearts and minds with friends in Lismore and all those flood-affected at this time.
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12 March 2022 / Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

After the Flood

Witness a community rallying together, taking care of its own problems in the absence of larger coordinated efforts. Small charities and civil society groups have been joining in, creating solutions when they are need most: today, right now.
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12 March 2022 / Arts & Culture, Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

International Women’s Day 2022

International Women’s Day 2022. Theme: #BreaktheBias. How do we make a picture that tells this story? Simply by inviting those women nearest us on an ordinary day at Addi Road in Marrickville.
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11 February 2022 / Featured, Food Rescue

Many Make Us One

You can see here in the photo some of our Friday morning crew – from left to right: Louise, Laurie, Terry and Tanja – taking a well-earned coffee-break before things get busy with a coming delivery to the Addi Road Food Pantry...
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21 December 2021 / Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

#HampersofHope – the week in pictures

During our #HampersofHope week our donors, supporters, partner organisations and volunteers all came together as one. We hope this photo album gives you a glimpse of the camaraderie and community spirit at work at Addi Road in the lead-up to this Christmas.
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16 December 2021 / Featured, Food Rescue, Social Justice

The Soft Machine

#HampersofHope 2021... Bondi Sunset Music set up a bluesy jazzy groove with Craig Foster guesting on hand drums. The mood suits something more reflective and softer as everyone absorbs what is going on...
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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.