Coles Group has raised $1.7 million to assist not-for-profit charity SecondBite to continue delivering unsold edible food to those experiencing food insecurity across Australia.
Through the partnership, the retailer has donated unsold edible food to more than 1400 community groups across the country. Other contributions received will be spent on SecondBite’s ongoing operating expenses such as transport, fuel, and refrigeration to help deliver food.
Steve Clifford, SecondBite CEO, said the money raised will help provide vital food relief in the form of cooked meals, food hampers and community pantries.
“The importance of putting a regular, nutritious meal on the table is something we can all relate to, and clearly the need we’re seeing and hearing about resonated with so many Coles customers.”
Matt Swindells, Coles’ chief operations & sustainability officer, said: “We are incredibly proud of our partnership with SecondBite to not only help feed Aussies in need but to also help divert food waste from landfill so that we can become Australia’s most sustainable supermarket.”
Since 2011, the supermarket and its distribution centres across the country have provided around 185 million meals to SecondBite and its network of community food partners.