Tuesday, June 25, 2024

SecondBite opens new Queensland warehouse

SecondBite has opened the doors to its new warehouse in Morningside, Queensland.

According to the not-for-profit, the increased size of the new facility means the company can “significantly” scale up its Queensland operations with double the internal floor space (1200sqm). The warehouse also has extended chiller and freezer capacity.

During the last financial year, SecondBite says it rescued six million kilograms or 12 million meals in Queensland. By moving to the new warehouse, it believes it can now grow its food rescue efforts to 12 million kilograms or 24 million meals.

SecondBite CEO Daniel Morefield says with the number of food insecure Australian households going from one in five to one in three in the past year, the increased capacity of the new location couldn’t come at a better time.

“We’re committed to working with growers, manufacturers and retailers to rescue quality, nutritious food and deliver it to Queenslanders who need it most,” he says.

“We work with more than 227 charity partners in Queensland and this warehouse will service both metro and regional areas, helping to feed millions of hungry Queenslanders from as far as Mossman and Mt Isa in the north all the way to Burleigh Heads in the south.”

The move and fit out has been made possible through $500,000 in Queensland government funding as well as more than $500,000 worth of donations from the Charles and Cornelia Goode Foundation, Bowden Marstan Foundation and the Pavetta Foundation.

“We’re incredibly grateful to the Queensland government as well as our charity partners and donors who have made this move possible,” says Mr Morefield.

“With just under 50% of SecondBite’s Queensland stock coming through this warehouse site, their generosity means our operations are future-proofed to help connect the dots between the oversupply of food, and the Queenslanders who can’t afford to buy it.”

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