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PEH and Food Rescue unite to reduce waste and help those in need

PEH and Food Rescue unite to reduce waste and help those in need

Perth Eye Hospital has helped local charity, Food Rescue, add a much-needed fourth refrigerated van to its fleet.

Food Rescue is a service of UnitingCare West committed to rescuing fresh, nutritious food and distributing it safely to people in need in WA.

It aims to alleviate hunger by rescuing perishable, fresh and nutritious food from cafes, caterers, supermarkets and wholesalers and delivering it to disadvantaged, vulnerable people and relies on corporate funding to sponsor each of its vans.

Our sponsorship will help Food Rescue cover lease payments, registration fees, repairs and maintenance of the new van for three years.

Manager of Food Rescue, Julie Broad, said the newest van, the largest in the fleet with a capacity to rescue 3,000kg of food a day, was already hard at work.

“We could not have afforded this van without the support of sponsors such as Perth Eye Hospital and this van has already enabled us to improve efficiency and the quality of the food we donate,” she said.

“Our other vans can handle up to 2,000 kg daily but the larger capacity of this van helps us to increase the number of collections we make each day and to visit supermarkets that are further away.”

Chairman for Perth Eye Hospital, Dr Dru Daniels, said the Hospital and its staff were thrilled to support Food Rescue as it helped thousands of Western Australians each year.

“We take our commitment to corporate social responsibility very seriously and actively seek opportunities to help local groups and charities provide much-needed community services,” he said.

CEO, Andrea LeGuier, added that every staff member at Perth Eye Hospital could relate to Food Rescue’s commitment to providing the basic necessity of access to fresh food to the most vulnerable members of the community.

“After meeting Julie and seeing the food van for themselves, several staff members have volunteered to push food carts in the CBD or help pack fresh produce at Food Rescue’s Belmont warehouse which is terrific,” she said.

Perth Eye Hospital joins Food Rescue’s principal partner Alinta Energy and Perth law firm, Clayton Utz in sponsoring the new van.

Food Rescue relies on the support of public donations, corporate funding and the dedication of volunteers. To learn more, or lend a hand, contact the team on 9277 8851.

In picture: Andrea LeGuier, CEO Perth Eye Hospital, Julie Broad, Food Rescue Manager, Dr Dru Daniels, Perth Eye Hospital Chairman.


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