Thanks to a new arrangement between Woolworths and BaptistCare, the excess food from the supermarket will go into the community.
This excess food, meant for landfill, will end up helping those in need as part of the Canberra Region Joint Organisation (CRJO) project.
The EPA funded food donation project in Goulburn has connected Woolworths with BaptistCare Clinton Place, who rescue good-quality excess food for their community housing tenants.
Joan Holding and Karen Bonser from BaptistCare rescue the food every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.
"At BaptistCare Clinton Place, our community housing tenants have been overwhelmed by the local businesses who are providing free food to our tenants, who are all seniors," Joan said.
"It's a huge help to them financially, and has great benefits for them, ensuring that they have access to healthy serves of protein, bread and eggs, and sometimes pastries and sandwiches."
BaptistCare have rescued 650kg of meat and dairy from landfill since their pickups began in April.
"Some of our tenants don't have a car, so being able to collect this food and make it available onsite at BaptistCare Clinton Place is a great help to them," Joan added.
"Rescuing good food from landfill when it can be of great value to others, to help them stretch their dollars and fill their pantries is hugely important, and we're so grateful to Woolworths and Trappers Bakery for their support."
Several communities will benefit from this CRJO project which is being implemented in eight council areas including Goulburn Mulwaree Council, Wingecarribee Shire Council, Yass Valley Council and Upper Lachlan Shire Council.
The project is a Waste Less, Recycle More initiative funded from the EPA waste levy.
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