Reducing hunger and food waste in our community
The Melbourne Health Central Production Kitchen in Footscray prepares 2800 meals every day for patients at the Royal Melbourne Hospital City Campus site, as well as other metropolitan health services.
Over 100 surplus meals have to be prepared each day in case of unplanned events within the various health services or as a contingency for refrigeration breakdowns or food spillages. These surplus meals remain largely unused and are disposed into landfill.
With the aim to help members of the community who are doing it tough, and to reduce food waste, the Melbourne Health team partnered with OzHarvest – Australia’s lead food rescue charity – and the Northpoint Centre, which provides emergency and on-going food relief to the community.
OzHarvest now collects excess meals every weekday and delivers them to Northpoint Centre for processing and distribution.
Since February 2018, over 4000 meals per month have been redistributed to the community, projected to remove nine tonnes of food from landfill and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 17 tonnes CO2e per year.
This highly successful initiative is expected to continue and expand into the future.