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Coles Community Food with SecondBite is a food rescue initiative whereby Coles has partnered with SecondBite since 2011 to donate fruit, vegetables, meat and bakery items which do not meet their in-store quality standards, but are still safe and nutritious to eat.

This is a national program with a local focus with 600 supermarkets participating, enabling 1300 local community groups  around Australia access to fresh, surplus food that would otherwise go to waste.  Since the program launched in late 2011, Coles stores have provided the equivalent of more than 40 million healthy meals to people in need.

In addition to the social benefits to communities, the food rescued from landfill through the Coles Community Food with SecondBite program has numerous environmental benefits, which include preventing carbon dioxide from being emitted into the atmosphere as wasted food decomposes, and ensuring the resources applied in the production of food, like water and energy, are used for a purpose.

National Partners

Since 2011, Coles has partnered with SecondBite to donate unsold, edible food to 1,300 community groups supporting disadvantaged Australians. This national program involves over 770 Coles supermarkets and some distribution centres. Between 2011 and 31 December 2018, Coles partnership with SecondBite has provided the equivalent of more than 74 million healthy meals to people in need. In addition to food donations, Coles supermarkets and Coles Liquor raise funds for SecondBite through the sale of $2 donation cards and reusable shopping bags. In FY18, $2.2 million was raised by Coles’ customers and team members through the sale of these products.