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21,000 meals for those in need

In just 12 months, Coles in Dunsborough has donated the equivalent of around 21,000 meals to local people in need.

Through its partnership with national fresh-food rescue organisation SecondBite, the Dunsborough supermarket has donated more than 10,400 kilograms of surplus fresh fruit and vegetables to St George’s Community Care.
 
Locals turning to St George’s Community Care for support have benefited greatly from the Coles Community Food with SecondBite partnership.
 
St George’s Community Care’s Barbara Nigg said, “Each week our community kitchen provides a two-course meal for around 220 people and our emergency relief team makes around 15 food hampers for people needing a hand affording groceries in the area.”
 
“We also keep frozen meals on hand for people who call in for emergency food relief, which Coles Dunsborough has contributed produce through the SecondBite partnership.”
 
Across Australia, Coles has now donated the equivalent of 55 million meals to people in need since partnering with SecondBite in 2011. Yet each year 3.6 million Australians still struggle to put food on the table.
 
SecondBite CEO Jim Mullan 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 54,000 nutritious meals every single day to children and families doing it tough across Australia” he said.
 
Coles Dunsborough Store Manager Brad Retzlaff said Coles was proud to participate in the SecondBite program.
 
“Too many people are doing it tough in our community and we think it is important that our store does what it can to address this by donating fresh, nutritious food that might otherwise have gone to waste,” he said.

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