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

11 February 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Joe

"When I saw the story on TV I saw your van, I saw the writing. And these people I knew getting their food."
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3 February 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Mary and Paul

"Working here ... you see a lot of people giving. It affects me a lot because it really does fill my heart with happiness to be in the middle of it all, helping out with everyone else." – Mary
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1 February 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Faces of Addi Road: Estelle

Estelle has been volunteering at Addi Road Food Pantry Marrickville for the last year. “It’s been fun,” she says. “The people are nice. There’s such a variety of people from all steps of life who volunteer here ... "
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21 January 2021 / featured, Food Rescue

Food Security, Social Justice and Donna Summer

Towards the end of 2020 our Food Pantry Manager, Damien Moore, reckoned he’d been working so hard the time had come to drag him away “in a straitjacket singing that Donna Summer song, ‘Enough is Enough (I can't go on no more!)’. I mean, it has been a pretty full-on year.”
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24 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Matthew’s Christmas Ecosystem

"There is more to it than the hampers. We’re helping people, and we’re helping one another. We’re bringing people together. Helping people has different meanings to different people,” Matthew says sagely. “It helped me just to be here.”
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22 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Not Forgotten – Addi Road’s Hampers of Hope and Mobilising for Mogo

“The hardest part is that the majority of people are still learning how to ask for help. Even after all this time it does not come naturally to them.” – Sallianne McClelland, Mobilising for Mogo, #Hampers of Hope at Addi Road.
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Red Frogs' Justin gives Addi Road's Hampers of Hope the thumbs up.
16 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Red Frogs pick up Hampers of Hope

Red Frogs have come in to pick up some of Addi Road’s ‘Hampers of Hope’. As Justin explains, they basically...
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12 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Working Together on Hampers of Hope

The best gifts often have a story behind them. This coming week at Addi Road we will be putting together 1000 ‘Hampers of Hope’ for the holiday season...
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5 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

Raising Voices

"I do associate art with politics. I do sing political songs; but not pamphlet songs. I try to raise awareness of issues. I try to arouse critical thinking. I try to promote all the voices that are suppressed or that are not given an outlet.” - Justo Diaz
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2 December 2020 / featured, Food Rescue

The Man With No Face

“If I weren’t in community housing I’d be out in the streets. If I could not get good food at the prices I can here at the Food Pantry I’d starve. I’m separated, but I still have to look after the kids. They come stay with me. How can you sit at a table with your kids and have them say ‘I’d like something to eat’, and you can’t provide it? I’m eating now because of this place. I’m feeding my kids a decent a meal."
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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.