The Sydney Charity Addison Road Community Center will be one of the first to establish a “zero waste, zero emission” kitchen in Australia after receiving a grant of $ 165,000 from the Coles Nurture Fund.
Through Coles’ partnership with national food rescue organization SecondBite, the association seeks to close the loop of food waste by redistributing unsold food donations from local Coles stores to the underprivileged of Sydney’s Inner West.
According to Rosanna Barbero, CEO of Addison Community Center, the organization will use the Coles grant to install solar panels and build a new kitchen in Marrickville.
“With the support of Coles, the Addison Road community organization will deliver a zero waste, zero emission food rescue program,” Barbero said.
“The winners are the people and the planet. We will show Australia and beyond this can be done, creating jobs and training opportunities, one community at a time. “
Coles State Managing Director for NSW, Ivan Slunjski, said he was delighted to see the Nurture Fund award supporting major sustainability initiatives for organizations like Addison Road.
“The Coles Nurture Fund was created to support innovative new practices, processes and technologies, and we have been delighted with the caliber of recent applications,” said Slunjski.
“At Coles, we want to win with Australian communities to be Australia’s most sustainable supermarket.”
Addison Road Community Center is an independent community charity that has been operating since 1976, providing food and services to underprivileged people in Sydney’s Inner West and beyond.