Armadale Reptile Centre makes use of unwanted Woolworths food

Armadale Reptile Park is making use of unwanted food from Woolworths.
Armadale Reptile Park is making use of unwanted food from Woolworths.

ANIMALS at Armadale Reptile Centre have plenty of food to enjoy thanks to a partnership with Woolworths.

As part of their Stock Feed for Farmers program, Woolworths is aiming to reduce the amount of food no longer suitable for people that they throw out, instead donating it to farmers, zoos, community groups where animals need feeding and reptile parks.

Armadale Reptile Centre owner Mieke Gaikhorst said the food collected under the program had been a “Godsend”.

“We have been part of the Woolworths Stock Feed for Farmers Program for the past eight years, collecting fruit, vegetable and bakery products that are no longer suitable for sale,” she said.

“The surplus food we collect helps us to top up our feed for a huge range of animals including wombats, bandicoots, dingoes, turtles and venomous snakes.

“We don’t receive any government subsidies or funding, so by being part of this program we are able to keep costs down and put more focus on the well-being of our animals.”

Woolworths head of sustainability Adrian Cullen said the program worked alongside partnerships with OzHarvest, Foodbank and FareShare, where food was redistributed to people, to keep the amount of food entering landfill as low as possible.

To be involved in the program visit woolworths.com.au/farmerprogram.