Secondbite Has Support Of Premier

Secondbite Has Support Of Premier

Queensland Premier Campbell Newman

Premier Launches National Charity Secondbite

Victor P Taffa

Premier Campbell Newman threw his support behind Secondbite, launching the new not-for-profit food redistribution program in Queensland today.

Premier Newman welcomed the operation to Queensland, and said it was a valuable addition to community food programs currently running throughout the State.

“SecondBite already operates in all states and territories except the ACT, and last year distributed more than 1 Million kg of fresh food to people in need across Australia.” Premier Newman said.

“In only six years, SecondBite has grown into a national charity feeding many thousands of disadvantaged Australians, and at the same time saving an astonishing amount of perfectly good food.”

“By redistributing fresh food to various emergency food relief programs, the organisation will provide more than 2.5 Million kg of food to Australians in need this year.”

“In Brisbane, SecondBite is aiming to redistribute around 300,000 kilograms of fresh food this financial year via the 69 community food programs it works with.”

Premier Newman thanked local growers, market owners, wholesalers, retailers and caterers for donating their surplus stock, and encouraged other Queensland companies to get on board and support Secondbite.

“More than 53 donors, including supermarkets, producers and markets, are regularly donating fresh food to SecondBite and I would like to see more outlets get on board with the program.” Premier Newman said.

“According to Foodbank Queensland, more than 80,000 Queenslanders receive food through community food programs each week.”

“This year, it’s anticipated that Secondbite will provide more than 600,000 meals to Queenslanders in need.”

“It’s a sad irony that Queensland produces some of the best food in the world yet we also have people who, for a variety of reasons, struggle to put a nutritious meal on the table every day.”

Premier Newman also took the opportunity to thank Katy Barfield, Executive Director and founder of Secondbite, and the 500 volunteers, advisory board members and corporate sponsors who support Secondbite.