Goulburn donors afford 16,400 meals for needy people

Congratulations, Goulburn! You have helped deliver about 16,500 meals to people in need.

Shoppers in Goulburn have also proven they are the third-most generous in NSW by raising enough funds to deliver so many meals.

Goulburn shoppers donated more than $4100 at the Coles supermarket at Goulburn as part of a five-week campaign to raise funds for SecondBite, a national charity which redistributes surplus fresh food from Coles to Australians in need. For every $2 donation card purchased, SecondBite can deliver the equivalent of eight healthy meals to people in need.

Coles state general manager Orlando Rodriguez said he was thrilled with the response by local shoppers to support the extraordinary work that SecondBite is doing in the community.

“We have received an outstanding response from our customers who really got behind the cause and donated at the checkouts to help SecondBite make a real difference,” he said.

“Fundraising efforts in Goulburn contributed to a total of more than $140,000 worth of donations across the state and we thank local shoppers for their generous contribution.  

All donations raised over the past five weeks will help to fund SecondBite’s ongoing operating expenses – such as fuel, transport and refrigeration – so the charity can collect and redistribute surplus fresh food, and provide it completely free of charge wherever it is needed.

As part of Coles’ partnership with SecondBite, more than 660 Coles supermarkets now donate surplus healthy, fresh food to around 1200 community food programs supporting disadvantaged Australians.

Since the partnership began with SecondBite in 2011, Coles has donated more than 40 million nutritious meals to people in need.

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SecondBite is funded to ensure that vulnerable Australians have improved access to fresh nutritious rescued food.

Through its “Community Connect” service, the charity can help people and organisations access local fresh surplus food.

To find out more, go to secondbite.org/receive-food

Or, if you’re a business that can donate useable food, go to secondbite.org/donate-food