Coles backs charity’s ‘zero waste, zero emissions’ kitchen

The Addison Road Community Centre in Sydney’s inner west will be one of the first charities in Australia to establish a ‘zero waste, zero emissions’ kitchen for rescued food thanks to a grant from the Coles Nurture Fund.

Located in the suburb of Marrickville, the new commercial kitchen will run entirely on solar energy and close the loop on rescued food by making ready-to-eat meals from food donated by SecondBite and Coles. The meals will then be distributed to disadvantaged people in Sydney’s inner west.

Addison Road Community Organisation CEO Rosanna Barbero welcomes the $165,000 grant from Coles to fit out the new commercial kitchen and install solar panels for her organisation.

“With the support of Coles, the Addison Road Community organisation will achieve a zero waste, zero emissions food rescue program,” she says.

“The winners are the people and the planet. We will show Australia and beyond that it can be done, creating jobs and training opportunities, one community at a time.”

Coles State General Manager for NSW Ivan Slunjski says he is delighted to see the Nurture Fund award support great sustainability initiatives for small organisations like Addison Road.

“The Coles Nurture Fund was set up to support new, innovative practices, processes and technologies and we’ve been delighted with the calibre of recent applications,” he says.

“At a time when providing food to people in need across Australia is so important due to the flow-on effect of Covid-19, we’re delighted to support Addison Road Community Centre.”

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