Councils and food relief agencies on the Central Coast can now apply for a share of $2 million in grants to help rescue surplus food before it is sent to landfill, Parliamentary Secretary for the Central Coast Scot MacDonald MLC announced today.
Grants of up to $200,000 are available over two years to support projects that raise awareness and improve education on food rescue.
“We need to increase the volume of food donated and capture more good food before it becomes a waste,” Mr MacDonald said.
“Today I visited Lakes Food Care run by volunteers from the Toukley Neighbourhood Centre. Chairperson Beverley Hopkins explained they operate a foodbank service that sources excess stocks from local stores and gives it to those in need”.
“Organisations such as Toukley Neighbourhood Centre are the types of community groups that might benefit from these grants”.
Environment Minster Gabrielle Upton said the grants would help to make sure good food didn’t go to waste.
“These grants will ultimately lead to less good quality food going in landfill and instead the food will go to people in need,” Ms Upton said.
Previous NSW Government funding for vans, fridges and freezers is already helping to divert 6,000 tonnes of surplus food from landfill each year.
NSW EPA staff are available to help charities prepare applications. Applications are open until 22 November 2017.
For more information, visit http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/working-together/grants/organics-infrastructure-fund