IN one year, a Swan View supermarket has donated the equivalent of about 60,000 meals to local people in need.
Through its partnership with national fresh-food rescue organisation SecondBite, Coles at Swan View has donated more than 30,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items.
Dreambuilders Care Centre said its members had benefited greatly from the Coles Community Food with SecondBite partnership.
Centre director Ursula Dixon said they were grateful for the donations of surplus food received daily.
“The partnership allows us to provide our customers with free bread, fruit and vegetables, giving them the opportunity to provide healthier meal options for their families,” she said.
“Our clients are predominately individuals and families who are disadvantaged and struggling to make ends meet.
“The donations enable these same individuals and families to stretch their budgets a little further.”
Despite the meal donations, each year two million Australians still struggle to put food on the table and the supermarket chain has launched a campaign to help SecondBite deliver more fresh food for local families this winter.
As part of the five-week campaign, shoppers can buy a $2 SecondBite donation card to help to deliver the equivalent of five healthy meals to Australian families doing it tough.
SecondBite chief executive Jim Mullan said the partnership started in November 2011 to rescue surplus fresh food for people in need.
“By working together, SecondBite and Coles are providing enough food for more than 23,000 nutritious meals every single day to children and families doing it tough across Australia,” he said.
The fundraising campaign for SecondBite will run in all Coles supermarkets until August 2.