Belmont-based Food Rescue service will use cargo carts to collect donated food from Perth cafes.

Foodbank operations manager Lyndon Nilsson with Kyle Hudspeth, from Croissant Express St Martin’s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d429326
Foodbank operations manager Lyndon Nilsson with Kyle Hudspeth, from Croissant Express St Martin’s. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d429326

BELMONT-based Food Rescue service launched two cargo carts on Friday to collect unused foods from cafes in Perth's CBD.

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 Uniting Care West service uses the rescued food to help feed people in need.

Russell Blaikie, Food Rescue’s food ambassador and chef and partner at Must Wine Bar, said that as a chef it upset him to see food discarded.

Participating café owner Krzys Gawel, from Just Eat in the CBD’s Woodside Plaza, echoed the remarks, endorsing the food rescue cart initiative as a brilliant model that offers an appealing ease of logistics for food collection and redistribution.

‘The cargo carts are a great concept and will allow café 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.