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

September 22, 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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September 20, 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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September 17, 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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September 14, 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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August 19, 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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August 19, 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Who Was That Masked Man?

“It feels good to communicate and work together. To be a part of it all together.”
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August 18, 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Deadly Good

“We have to be the change we want to see. And give people the hope I’m talking about. It’s about more than the food; it’s about the energy they see in us when we arrive.”
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August 11, 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Here Comes the Night

Another end of day, only a trace of last bird call to see us into the evening. This place is a home to a lot of people, and a backstop to many more. Right now, Addi Road is serving as a lynch-pin between the larger food relief organisations and a plethora of civil society groups, charity and community organisations...
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August 5, 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Control of the Game

The playlist in the hall rocks along to Johnny Cash’s ‘Ring of Fire’ and Creedence Clearwater Revival’s ‘Down on the Corner’. Someone must like their old classics. Volunteers packing hamper boxes inside the Addi Road Food Relief Hub pick up on the musical tempo.
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July 15, 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Reality on the Ground

Addi Road CEO Rosanna Barbero talks about community hopes and fears as the lockdown in Sydney continues. And what our community is doing to answer the challenges.
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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.