SecondBite at the Banksia Environmental Awards
SecondBite is thrilled to announce we are a finalist in the 2010 Banksia Environmental Awards in the category Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably. We are also a contender for the People’s Choice Awards and this is where we really need your vote to help us win! Please take a moment right now to vote for us and help get the word out to even more people about the vital work that we do. Click here to vote.
We will find out the results at the award night on October 15th 2010.
Formally established in 2005, SecondBite was the idea of Ian and Simone Carson who decided they could no longer watch good food go to waste whilst people went hungry. For the first year, SecondBite was 100% volunteer run; however, in late 2006 the surplus food supply and recipient demand meant that some serious coordination was needed. So once seed funding was secured, our first member of staff came aboard.
SecondBite believes passionately in working collaboratively with other agencies. Not only does this conserve precious resources, but it also ensures that for today and tomorrow all community groups, large and small, receive the best possible service and a get a ‘fair go’ at receiving good quality fresh nutritious food. Many groups provide meals and food parcels for a wide range of cultural groups. Providing the raw ingredients allows each group and individual the freedom and dignity to decide what menus they wish to create.
In truth the response and results, to date, have surprised even us. In 2007, SecondBite collected and distributed 132 tonnes of surplus fresh food, enough to provide 264,000 hearty 500g meals. In 2009, SecondBite collected 700 tonnes of food that would otherwise have driven to landfill. This equates to 630 tonnes of greenhouse gasses . The volume sounds impressive, but in reality it is a mere drop in the ocean, especially when you consider that over 11,500 tonnes is driven to landfill every month in Victoria, whilst thousands of families struggle to put a meal on the table. With your help we can do so much more. Thank you.