Carts make CBD food collection easier

Foodbank operations manager Lyndon Nilsson with Kyle Hudspeth from Croissant Express St Martins pose with one of the cargo carts. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d429326
Foodbank operations manager Lyndon Nilsson with Kyle Hudspeth from Croissant Express St Martins pose with one of the cargo carts. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d429326

The new initiative is a national first using manoeuvrable carts to gain access to cafes in busy city streets where trucks find it difficult.

The UnitingCare West service uses the salvaged food to help feed people in need.

Food Rescue’s Food Ambassador and chef and partner at Must Wine Bar Russell Blaikie said it upset him to see fresh food go to waste.

Participating cafe owner Krzys Gawel from Just Eat in the CBD’s Woodside Plaza agreed, endorsing the initiative as a brilliant model that makes it easy logistically to collect food and redistribute it.

‘The cargo carts are a great concept and will allow cafe owners around the Perth CBD to strategically partner with a charitable organisation, together with volunteers from the corporate sector to make a real difference in the community,’ Mr Gawel said.

The two carts will operate daily in the CBD with volunteers from a range of businesses taking part in the daily runs to collect food.

Refrigerated vans will then redistribute the food ” diverting it from landfill ” to homeless support centres, including Manna, The Salvos and UnitingCare West’s Tranby Inner City Centre and Family Foundations Services.