Project summaries - 2013 Organics Infrastructure Stream 3

Update - October 2014

Following the Expression of Interest review, one additional project, highlighted in the table below, has been awarded funding

2013 Organics Infrastructure - Stream 3
OrganisationProject titleAmount $
Earth Recovery Australia Ltd Blue Mountains food rescue


Foodbank NSW Limited Project salvation 1,139,890
SecondBite Growing SecondBite's rescue and redistribution of surplus fresh food


3 projects



Earth Recovery Australia Ltd
Blue Mountains food rescue

Earth Recovery Australia is expanding the Blue Mountains Food Rescue from a one day a week to a five day a week program. A new vehicle and storage fridges will allow collection for more safe and nutritious food from local restaurants, cafes, supermarkets and bakeries. Volunteers and trainees will prepare the food into meals and meal parcels for disadvantaged residents, while also reducing waste going to landfill, raising awareness about waste and helping to alleviate social isolation felt by people in need.

Foodbank NSW Limited
Project Salvation

Foodbank NSW’s Project Salvation will more than double the quantity of healthy food it salvages and distributes to the poor (7,500 tonnes each year). Funding will provide capital assistance to fit out Foodbank’s new warehouse with energy efficient chillers and freezers, racks, packing and handling equipment, forklifts and vehicles. Foodbank already sources food waste from more than 200 growers, distributors, retailers and other suppliers across NSW, providing it to 556 charities that help people in need. However, demand for food relief is rising and currently exceeds supply. The funding will allow Project Salvation to provide an additional 4.8 million meals to Australians in crisis, half of them children. As well as diverting food from landfill, Project Salvation will provide job training to disadvantaged people and stimulate an estimated $174 million in economic benefits over 20 years.

Growing SecondBite’s rescue and redistribution of surplus fresh food

This project will fund SecondBite to expand the rescue of surplus fresh food from food retailers and caterers and to redistribute it to vulnerable people and their families. One van will rescue an additional 5,000 kilograms per week or 520,000 healthy nutritious meals per year for people in need - rather than food that would otherwise end up being landfill.

Page last updated: 05 November 2014