Project coordinator – Rosa Del Ponte
Blue Mountains Food Rescue coordinates the collection of excess food from local food businesses such as Aldi, Woolworths and various bakeries and producers. The food is then cooked or distributed to people in need, either directly or through community service partner organisations. Food rescue is also a means of supplying the Community Soul Kitchen project which provides “sit down” meals for persons in need. The environmental and social benefits are significant.
Volunteers distributing food
Our goal is to make the food rescue process easy, safe and legally sound for all our partners.
Download Food Rescue Kit information: Food Rescue Postcard, Food Donation Handy Tips, BMFR Checklists, Safe Food Handling Practices
Earth Recovery Australia has a good working relationship with the RFS and has worked with them through its Blue Mountains Food Rescue Project to distribute food donated in bushfire appeals. In 2013 there was an oversupply of food donations and ERA was able to distribute approximately 17 pallet loads of excess food through it’s community networks.
Our Blue Mountains Food Rescue Project has distributed over $10,000 worth of rescued food in the form of food parcels in the last 7 months.
Contact us for more information about collection days.
If you are interested in participating in Food Rescue as a donor, recipient or volunteer, or would like more information, please contact us.
|Oz Harvest have compiled the following statistics:
|Food Waste in Australia:
• The average household wastes $616 of food a year.
• Australians waste close to 3 million tonnes of food per annum, or 136 kilos per person per annum.
• Australians discard up to 20% of the food they purchase = 1 out of every 5 bags of groceries they buy.
• An estimated 20 to 40% of fruit and vegetables rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because of cosmetic standards.
• Dumping a kilo of beef wastes the 50,000 litres of water it took to produce that meat, throwing out a kilo of white rice will waste 2,385 litres, and wasting a kilo of potatoes costs 500 litres.
|Homelessness and Food Insecurity in Australia:
• On any given night there are 105,000 homeless people across the country. That’s 1 in every 200 Australians is homeless.
• 15 % of clients of major welfare agencies do not enjoy a decent meal at least once a day.
• 60,000 low income working families in Australia go without meals or are food insecure.
• In Australia one million children go to school without breakfast or bed without dinner every day and two million people rely on food relief in Australia at some point every year.
• 24 to 35% of school lunches end up in the bin.
|Landfill and Environmental Impact in Australia:
• 3.28 million tonnes of food is driven to landfill in Australia each year.
• 47% of municipal waste to landfill is food and green waste.
• Food waste in Australian landfills is the second largest source of methane.
• 10% of rich countries’ greenhouse gas emissions come from growing food that is never eaten.
• The rich countries have nearly twice as much food as is required by the nutritional needs of their populations.
• Up to half the entire food supply is wasted between the farm and the fork.
• All the world’s nearly one billion hungry people could be lifted out of malnourishment on less than a quarter of the food that is wasted in the rich countries.
• The bread and other cereal products thrown away in households alone would have been enough to lift 30 million of the world’s hungry people out of malnourishment.