If you have surplus, edible food you can donate it to a food charity. Food distribution charities will collect the food from your business and distribute it to those in need.
The demand for food donation services is increasing every year, with more than 18,500 meals now being distributed each day by food agencies in NSW. Food agencies estimate that 34 per cent more food is needed to meet the current demand (PDF 2.8MB).
The NSW Environment Protection Authority's (NSW EPA) Waste Less Recycle More encourages food donation by providing funding for infrastructure like fridges, freezers and refrigerated vans to collect, store and distribute edible food to people in need.
Donating your surplus food to a charity is easy, practical and free. As well as contributing to an essential service for those in need, it keeps good food out of landfill. Food donation could also benefit your organisation's reputation, demonstrating your commitment to environmental and social sustainability.