Stopping food going to waste
GIVING back to the community, Coles Toormina has helped those in the greatest need in tough times, donating almost 72,000 meals over the past two years.
The supermarket chain has done this through its partnership with national fresh food rescue organisation SecondBite, gifting the equivalent of 35,900kg of surplus fruit, vegetables and bread.
Door of Hope Community Welfare and its clients have benefited greatly from the Coles Community Food with SecondBite partnership, supporting more than 3000 families each week.
"Without SecondBite arranging for the product to be donated by Coles Toormina and Coles Coffs Harbour, our members now numbering 3050 families in the local region would go without bread, fresh fruit and vegetables," Door of Hope Community Welfare manager Wayne Crowther said.
"Also, the local weekly school breakfast program would be at risk of closure.
"The SecondBite program helps make a difference in the lives of those seeking help."
He said a lot of the Door of Hope members are those on low incomes who consider fresh food and bread a luxury they can rarely afford.
"Most are appreciative of receiving the product supplied," he said.
Across Australia the program has donated the equivalent of 20 million meals.
Yet each year two million Australians still struggle to put food on the table.
Throughout July, you can help as Coles supermarkets put the spotlight on food wastage, while raising money for SecondBite by selling $2 food storage labels to help customers make the most of leftovers.