Coles said in a statement the donation comes after the recent flooding prevented the load being delivered to their Broome and Kununurra stores.
“Coles is proud to partner with SecondBite to help provide nutritious meals to those in need and reduce waste from our supermarkets,” West Australia State manager Pat Zanetti said.
“When this delivery of fresh produce was unable to reach its intended destination we wanted to make sure that it could still be used in a meaningful way and we are thrilled to contribute to the great work SecondBite does in our local communities.”
The fresh produce donation included 300 kilograms of bananas, 240 punnets of strawberries, 85 kilograms of truss tomatoes, 80 kilograms of nectarines and 90 iceberg lettuces. Other produce donated included melons, apples, pears, pineapples, broccoli, capsicums, onions, carrots, herb punnets and pre-packaged salads and veggie pots.
The truck was en route to Kununurra late last week when it was turned around by authorities due to road closures caused by recent storms. While Coles was able to supply food to Broome and Kununurra customers by airlifting 12 tonnes of fresh produce and milk on Saturday, the produce in the truck was returned to a Perth distribution centre.
The Coles Community Food with SecondBite program has donated more than 25 million kilograms of fresh food to disadvantaged Australians since it launched in late 2011, which is an equivalent of more than 50 million nutritious meals.