SecondBite Partnership

01 Jan 2016

Northland Supports Local Communities through SecondBite Partnership

Fresh produce from a number of Northland Shopping Centre's fresh food retailers is making its way to Preston's disadvantaged through the Centre's partnership with SecondBite.

Formed in 2005, SecondBite is a not-for-profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by sourcing fresh and nutritrious food that would otherwise have gone to waste and redistributing it to community food programs that support people who are homeless, women and families in crisis, youth at risk, indigenous communities, asylum seekers and new arrivals.

SecondBite and Northland began working together in September 2014 and have since established what SecondBite describe as their most successful shopping centre relationship.

Since the beginning of the partnership, a collection of committed Northland retailers, including Just Ripe, Muffin Break, ALDI and Coles, have donated over 9,000kg of fresh, nutritious food to SecondBite, which would have otherwise been destined for landfill. This equates to enough food to produce 18,000 healthy meals for people in need.

How does it work? SecondBite collects the food using refrigerated vans and redistributes it through their community partners. Local organisations benefiting from the partnership include The Salvation Army Community Support Service (Preston), Bundoora Secondary College, Darebin Intercultural Centre and the Reservoir Neighbourhood House.

Volunteers from the Northland Centre Management team work with retailers to organise the collection and storage of food in a cold room, specifically designed to house produce bound for the SecondBite truck.

A truly collaborative approach, the Centre's SecondBite food storage facility was only made possible through the time and resources donated by the Northland Operations team and local business Laser Electrical - Thomastown. Working together, these volunteers created a space which is accessible to the SecondBite truck at all hours, meaning that the organisation is now able to collect fresh food from Northland five days per week. For more information, visit www.secondbite.org