Friday June 22, 2012
The Members for Londonderry and Mulgoa Bart Bassett and Tanya Davies served lunch at the Penrith Community Kitchen to support the Love Food Hate Waste Campaign to encourage local businesses to donate excess quality food to charities.
Mr. Bassett and Mrs Davies said "research from the NSW Government’s Love Food Hate Waste program shows that businesses are needlessly throwing away edible food because they think they’re not allowed to donate it to those in need.
Waste audits show that NSW businesses throw away an estimated 400,000 tonnes of food waste every year and research shows they don’t know what to do about it".
Mr. Bassett said "As a former local Mayor I supported our Council's caterers, PJ's Catering Service, who donate edible food to the Penrith Community Kitchen that provides quality nutritious meals to up to 100 people on a daily basis.
There are many ways businesses can avoid food waste and dispose of food waste more wisely and this partnership project provides the knowledge to show business how". Mr Bassett said
The Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies said “With $13,750 funding from Love Food Hate Waste, the online Food Donation Toolkit is part of the Do Something! FoodWise campaign and provides useful advice to restaurants, cafes, food markets, farmers, food manufacturers, food distributors, retailers and wholesalers.
The new toolkit is designed to show business how they can donate quality excess edible food to charity". said Mrs. Davies.
Peter and Linda Morrissey the owners of PJ's Catering said, "With so many Australians going hungry, it’s a tragedy that companies waste so much food.
As a local small business we want to help make a difference and serve our community and it is fantastic to see the growth of food rescue programs from OzHarvest, FoodBank and SecondBite so companies of all sizes, like ours, can do good with their surplus food and help feed people in need". Mr. and Mrs. Morrissey said
The toolkit aims to bring together businesses and food charities in a way that benefits both parties. It’s often very difficult for restaurants and food suppliers to predict how much food they need and it’s great to be able to donate edible leftovers to people who most need help.”
The FoodBank Program is an innovative way for businesses to minimize waste and help people in our community who are in need.” Mr Bassett and Mrs Davies said.
About the Do Something! FoodWise campaign
FoodWise is a national campaign organised by the action group Do Something! encouraging Australians to reduce the environmental impact of their food consumption. For more information visit www.FoodWise.com.au
About Love Food Hate Waste
Businesses and organisations who would like to partner with Love Food Hate Waste in tackling food waste can call 8837 6000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
For tips and tools on how to reduce business food waste visit www.lovefoodhatewaste.nsw.gov.au and click on Business.