Unsold fresh produce gets a new purpose

St Stephen's School Year 9 students Jasmine Hollier and Abigail Legge with the food collection trolley at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. Picture: David Baylis d494970
St Stephen's School Year 9 students Jasmine Hollier and Abigail Legge with the food collection trolley at Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City. Picture: David Baylis d494970

EVERY Wednesday afternoon St Stephen’s School students can be found roaming Lakeside Joondalup Shopping City collecting unsold fresh produce to support local vulnerable families.

The Community Food Cart Project, which launched this month, is a partnership between the centre, the school and UnitingCare West and involves 28 food retailers.

Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan said the project was in line with the centre’s “focus on sustainability and supporting our local community” and it would help them “engage with the young customers who frequent the centre”.

St Stephen’s School Year 9 students Jasmine Hollier and Abigail Legge. Picture: David Baylis

“I’m proud that so many of our retailers have agreed to be part of this,” she said.

“It will be great to see good fresh food go to feeding local families who need support, instead of being wasted.”

Lakeside Joondalup centre manager Gemma Hannigan, St Stephen’s School principal Donella Beare, Rotary Joondalup president ), Ralph Sirmulis, St Stephen’s School service learning coordinator Donna Lund, UnitingCare West place manager Tracy Tuari and Year 9 students Jasmine Hollier and Abigail Legge. Picture: David Baylis

St Stephen’s principal Donella Beare said the project was an avenue where the school could “help those close to home”.

“Giving our staff and students the chance to help others and experience different ways of life helps to promote resilience and compassion in our community,” she said.

“It also aligns with the sustainable message we promote at school by taking great produce that would otherwise be wasted and paying it forward.”

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