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75,000 meals donated to those in need

David Lee March 16, 2016
CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY… From left, Coles store manager, Caz Watson, dairy manager, Greg Kernaghan and stockhandler, Peter Bevan are pleased that the supermarket has donated 37,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items toward the SecondBite Community Connect Program. Photo: Emma Hillier.

CONNECTING THE COMMUNITY… From left, Coles store manager, Caz Watson, dairy manager, Greg Kernaghan and stockhandler, Peter Bevan are pleased that the supermarket has donated 37,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items toward the SecondBite Community Connect Program. Photo: Emma Hillier.

IN just three years, Coles at Mooroopna has donated the equivalent of around 75,000 meals to local people in need, thanks to a partnership with SecondBite.

The Mooroopna supermarket has donated more than 37,000kg of surplus fresh fruit, vegetables and bakery items.

Shepparton Foodshare coordinator, Ron Nicholls said, “Shepparton Foodshare has a rewarding relationship with the SecondBite Community Connect Program, and in fact we are in the top recipients of rescued food in country Victoria through this program.

“People who benefit from this partnership include the homeless, refugees, and people with drug and alcohol addiction who live in the Shepparton area.”

SecondBite CEO, Elaine Montegriffo said the organisation had partnered with Coles since November 2011 to rescue surplus fresh, nutritious food for people in need.

“By working together, SecondBite and Coles are providing enough fresh food for more than 23,000 nutritious meals every single day to children and families doing it tough across Australia.”