Trucking towards improved food rescue

Trucking towards improved food rescue

NSW EPA funding is helping Foodbank NSW & ACT to double the quantity of food it picks up and redistributes to those in need.

The charity has been able to buy a new refrigerated truck thanks to a NSW Government’s Waste Less Recycle More grant. Not only does this help the charity redistribute unwanted food, but it also diverts it from being thrown away and landfilled.

The truck will help Foodbank collect and distribute 7,500 tonnes of food to those in need each year through its Project Salvation program, which in turn keeps the valuable organics out of landfill. The money also helps the charity to deliver more than 45 million meals over its lifetime.

The NSW Government provided a total of $1.1 million to support Foodbank NSW & ACT’s Project Salvation, including $219,600 for the new truck.

“Households and businesses in NSW throw away almost a million tonnes of food waste each year. The new truck will help Foodbank redistribute perfectly good food that would otherwise go to landfill,” said Environment Minister Mark Speakman.

Foodbank NSW & ACT CEO Gerry Andersen said the new truck would make an instant difference to those in need in the community.

“The new truck is a vital addition to Foodbank NSW & ACT’s resources, and will ensure we can assist the growing number of adults and children who are struggling with food insecurity.”