In Australia, we throw away an unbelievable amount of perfectly edible food every day.
At the same time, a growing number of Australians find themselves struggling to make ends meet. In the course of a year, around 3.6 million Australians find themselves unable to afford enough food to feed themselves or their families. For more than 1 million of these people, this is not a one-off, but a regular occurrence. The reasons behind this are complicated, but the bottom line isn’t – in short: we throw good food away while people go hungry. That doesn’t make sense.
SecondBite redistributes surplus fresh food to community food programs around Australia. Food is donated by farmers, wholesalers, markets, supermarkets, caterers and events. This high-quality surplus food is redistributed to community food programs that support people in need from all walks of life.
We work with over 1,300 community food programs across Australia to redistribute rescued food to those in our community who need it most. The organisations we work with make a real difference to people’s lives, providing food, support, hope and friendship. For as long as we are needed, we will be here.
Formally established in 2005, SecondBite was the idea of Ian and Simone Carson who decided they could no longer watch good food go to waste while people went hungry. In its first year, SecondBite was run by three volunteers in Victoria and moved just over 600 kg of food. Since then, it has grown at an astounding rate with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and supporters alike.
Now a national organisation, SecondBite has warehouse locations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart and Devonport, and hubs in suburban and regional Victoria. We operate with 87 staff and a fleet of 8 trucks and 23 vans. We partner with providers in Perth, Darwin and the ACT, and facilitate direct connections across Australia in regional and rural areas, with over 300 agencies on our SecondBite Community Connect™ model. SecondBite supplies fresh, nutritious food to more than 1,300 agencies nationally, completely free of charge.
SecondBite's Commitment to Nutritious Food Rescue
Australians experiencing food insecurity are at increased risk of developing diabetes, cardio-vascular disease and obesity. In an effort to increase the nutritional quality of food provided to people in need, and ultimately to reduce diet-related disease, SecondBite is very proud to publicly announce our Commitment to Nutritious Food Rescue.
SecondBite is committed to improving access to fresh healthy food amongst people in need throughout Australia. To do so, we are officially committing to rescue and redistribute:
- 95% will be nutritious* food, and
- 75% will be fresh fruit and vegetables
*Food is considered ‘nutritious’ if it fits within the five core food groups of our Australian Guide to Healthy Eating.