Delivering one million meals

23/04/2014
Uniting Care West rescues 500,000kg of food to deliver one million meals.

Food Rescue, UnitingCare West’s Perth-based food rescue and redistribution service, will celebrate saving 500,000kg of food from landfill to feed people struggling with hardship and hunger when it delivers its one millionth meal to South Perth-based charity, Esther Foundation on Wednesday 16 April.

Food Rescue plays a vital role within the Perth community, providing the missing link between the staggering quantities of fresh and nutritious food thrown-away by supermarkets, restaurants and cafes every day, and the thousands of disadvantaged people in need.

Since Food Rescue launched in October 2010, it has gone from servicing five local charities to providing food to 46 charitable organisations.

The charity currently feeds 5,500 individuals in need from across the Perth metropolitan area.

UnitingCare West Chief Executive Officer, Sue Ash said funding from Alinta Energy enabled Food Rescue to add the last nine recipients to its service portfolio.

“Alinta Energy’s partnership with Food Rescue provides an additional 80,300 sponsored meals a year which means nine additional charities now benefit from our service,” Sue said.

“It has also allowed Food Rescue to reach its one millionth meal milestone three months ahead of schedule.”

Alinta Energy’s General Manager for West Australian Retail, Lucky Poulos, said Alinta Energy and its employees, who regularly volunteer their time at Food Rescue, are proud to share this momentous achievement with UnitingCare West.

“Alinta Energy’s support of the Food Rescue program builds upon our strong relationships with the West Australian people throughout our 18 year history servicing the region,” Lucky said.

“The delivery of Food Rescue’s one millionth meal is a stark reminder of the important role this essential service plays in the community, and Alinta Energy is proud to provide support to ensure its longevity into the future.” 

Food Rescue is an entirely philanthropically funded program and it relies on sponsorship and public support to continue.

To make a donation, volunteer, or get involved with Food Rescue please visit unitingcarewest.org.au or call 1300 663 298.