Coles is proud of its seven-year partnership with food rescue organisation, SecondBite.
Coles works with SecondBite to provide food donations to more than 1,300 community organisations across the nation.
Through the partnership, Coles is combating food waste in stores and the supply chain by ensuring that edible, surplus food ends up on the plates of people in need instead of contributing to landfill.
Since 2011, Coles has donated more than 31 million kilograms of unsold edible food to SecondBite, equating to more than 63 million meals to help improve the lives of millions of vulnerable Australians across the country.
In addition to food donations, Coles raises funds for SecondBite through the sale of $2 donation cards and shopping bags. In FY18, $4 million was raised by Coles’ customers and team members.
In February 2018, Coles donated an entire truck full of fresh produce (the equivalent of 7,400 meals) to SecondBite in Western Australia after flooding prevented the load from being delivered to Coles’ Broome and Kununurra stores. During floods in October 2017, Coles chartered a plane to fly 12 tonnes of fresh produce and milk to the Kimberley after the roads were cut by floods.
In a mission to further crush food waste, Coles also pledged to provide the equivalent of 100 million meals to Australians in need by 2020 through its partnerships with SecondBite and Foodbank.
Coles has also committed to having all its supermarkets connected to SecondBite by the end of 2018.