Published on: 3 March 2016
This week, Christ Church’s Environment and Community (ENCOMM) Cadets have returned to their task of sorting boxes of unused supermarket produce for distribution to those in need.
This is the fifth year Christ Church has teamed up with not-for-profit organisation Food Rescue, with the aim of salvaging food and preparing it for distribution to disadvantaged, vulnerable and at risk Western Australians.
“The boys are thrilled they can assist those less fortunate in such a simple way,” said teacher in charge, Jane Shannon.
“We rescue 400 to 450kg of very good quality fresh food each week. This food would otherwise be dumped and thanks to the students, parents and volunteers who assist, we help numerous families in need.”
Every Wednesday, Food Rescue delivers approximately 50 boxes, collected from local supermarkets, to Christ Church’s Sandover Dining Hall. The boys weigh and record the amount of produce, sort the fresh food from the non-consumable and label the boxes accordingly. The boxes are then stored in the kitchen’s fridges overnight before being collected by Food Rescue the following morning. All waste is weighed and recorded before being placed into compost bins.
“It is very fulfilling knowing that the food we are sorting reaches homeless shelters, youth crisis centres, drug and alcohol crisis centres and struggling families,” said Maneesh Kelly (Year 11).
“I really like being able to give back to the community in such a simple, enjoyable and effective way.”
Food Rescue runs from the Sandover Dining Hall on Wednesday afternoons 3.30pm to 5.00pm. If you would like to be involved, please contact Jane Shannon, firstname.lastname@example.org.