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%).