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

19 August 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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18 August 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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11 August 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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5 August 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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15 July 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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11 June 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Bang On

Anthony Albanese came down to Addi Road early on a winter’s morning this week to bang the drum – or at least beat the daylights out of a good non-stick frying pan – and announce the construction of our new solar-powered zero-waste community kitchen.
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4 June 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Here Comes the Sun – Addi Road has a brand new e-van charged from solar power

Addi Road has moved another step closer to a green future with the arrival of our e-van. Funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), our brand-new Renault EV Kangoo will be used to stop food from going into landfill by collecting food donations and providing it for those in need.
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2 June 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

‘What Are You Doing Mother?’

Two rather grand-looking women are sitting patiently on chairs outside the Addi Road Food Pantry in Marrickville. One has a floral shopping trolley; the other, a few carry bags at her feet overflowing with food. It's impossible not to want to take a photo of them. But they wave away the opportunity. Then they summon the photographer back to explain why they'd rather not have their picture taken.
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21 May 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Addi Road Volunteers Acknowledged at Awards

Addison Road Community Organisation is very happy to see our volunteers acknowledged this week at the Inner West Council’s 2021 Amy Large Volunteer Awards.
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19 May 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Gang of Youths in Banana Smoothie Rampage!

Emma, Sarah, Pokes, Will and Josh are down here again at Addi Road Food Pantry Marrickville. Except for Sarah, who has come visiting her sister Emma, they all live in a big share-house in Newtown.
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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.