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 – two million Australians find themselves unable to afford enough food to feed themselves or their families. 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 1,200 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, the Melbourne hub has grown at an astounding rate with the generous support of volunteers, donors, and supporters alike. Now the national headquarters for the organisation, the Kensington warehouse operates with five vans, one truck, 23 staff and over 600 volunteers.
SecondBite has warehouse locations in Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Devonport, and hubs in suburban and regional Victoria. We partner with providers in Perth and Darwin, and facilitate direct connections across Australia in regional and rural areas, with over 380 agencies on our SecondBite Community Connect™ model. We supply fresh, nutritious food to over 1,200 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.