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Sydney charity works to close the loop on food waste

Sydney Charity Addison Road Community Centre will be one of the first to establish a “zero waste, zero emissions” kitchen in Australia after receiving a $165,000 grant from Coles Nurture Fund.

Through Coles’ partnership with national food rescue organisation SecondBite, the charity seeks to close the loop on food waste by redistributing unsold food donations from local Coles stores to the underprivileged in Sydney’s Inner West.

According to Rosanna Barbero, CEO of Addison Community Centre, the organisation will use the grant from Coles to install solar panels and fit out a new kitchen in Marrickville.

“With the support of Coles, the Addison Road Community organisation will achieve a zero waste, zero emissions food rescue program,” said Barbero.

“The winners are the people and the planet. We will show Australia and beyond that, it can be done, creating jobs and training opportunities, one community at a time.”

Coles State GM for NSW, Ivan Slunjski, said he is delighted to see the Nurture Fund award support great sustainability initiatives for organisations like Addison Road.

“The Coles Nurture Fund was set up to support new, innovative practices, processes and technologies, and we’ve been delighted with the calibre of recent applications,” said Slunjski.

“At Coles, we want to win together with Australian communities to be the most sustainable supermarket in Australia.”

Addison Road Community Centre is an independent, community-based charity operating since 1976, providing food and services for disadvantaged people in Sydney’s Inner West and beyond.

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