The team from Belconnen Fresh Food Markets were excited to attend the launch of The Yellow Van – Food Rescue Service today.
Previously recognised as OzHarvest, the van will continue to collect excess food from caterers, bakeries, function centres, cafes, restaurants and corporate offices to provide food for the disadvantaged and at risk community.
This new operation has been underpinned by local community service organisation, Communities@Work to place Canberra in a better position to respond to local community aspirations and needs.
Director of The Yellow Van, Dave Burnet has stated “The Yellow Van now rescues over 16,000 kilograms of otherwise wasted food from over 90 regular food donors every month, and distributes it to around 70 charities and refuges supporting disadvantaged people in the community. We will continue to focus on providing a simple, efficient and effective means of reducing waste and helping vulnerable people in need.”
OzHarvest have been very generous in their support for this operational change and agree that the needs of the ACT Community will be better served under a local service.
CEO of Communities@Work Lynne Harwood believes “Under our new direction, we will become even stronger. There will be no brand confusion with OzHarvest Sydney and every dollar donated to The Yellow Van will stay in the Canberra region.”
Be sure to keep an eye out on the horizon, as Yellow Van will soon be extending their local services to Cooma, Braidwood, Bungendore and Goulburn.