SecondBite is a leading national food rescue organisation. We work with a range of food suppliers to rescue surplus fresh food from across the network, and redistribute it to local charities around Australia. These charities run food programs to support people in need in their communities.
With latest figures revealing that more than 4 million people in Australia experience food insecurity at least once in the course of a year, SecondBite exists to make sure that good food is getting to people who need it most, rather than to landfill.
SecondBite supports over 1,000 community food programs across Australia, and supplies all food completely free of charge. The organisations we work with make a real difference to people’s lives, providing more than just a meal - they provide support, hope and friendship to those doing it tough.
SecondBite began in 2005 with one couple - Ian and Simone Carson - who decided they could no longer watch good food go to waste while people went hungry. They decided to do something about it. Gathering a committed group of friends, they would visit market stalls in Melbourne at the end of a day, collect surplus food, and drop it to a local charity that ran a food program. In its first year, SecondBite was run by three volunteers in Victoria and moved just over 600 kg of food. Over the years, SecondBite continued to grow from strength to strength, as more people joined the cause.
In 2011, Coles and SecondBite formed a national partnership, which led to a rapid expansion of our organisation’s operational scale and reach - which meant much greater access food for people in need. Coles continues to be a key supporter of SecondBite, and this partnership alone has fruited an equivalent of more than 80 million meals in the the last 8 years.
SecondBite has warehouse locations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide and Perth. We partner with organisations in Tasmania and NT, and facilitate direct connections between supermarkets and charities across Australia, with over 380 agencies on our SecondBite Community Connect™ model.
We are helped by the generous support of more than 600 volunteers, and over 50 staff members around Australia. Our Head Office is located in Melbourne - also the site of our largest food sorting and redistribution facility.
Ian and Simone Carson OAM