NT begins Fresh Food Rescue

Posted by Nicole Eckersley on 2nd December 2010

Northern Territory food charity organisations are being encouraged to apply for grants of up to $10,000 for kitchen equipment, with the launch of a new national grants program by the NT Government and Woolworths.

NT Minister for Justice and Attorney-General, Delia Lawrie, today joined Woolworths Northern Territory Area Manager, Geoff Bell, to welcome the launch of the $2 million Fresh Food Rescue program in the Northern Territory.

“Following the introduction of new food donor laws by the Henderson Government, it is now easier for businesses and individuals to donate fresh food to charities,” Lawrie said.

“Territorians and business can confidently donate fresh food know there are laws that provide with them with protection from being sued.

The new legislation, introduced to Parliament in August by Lawrie, protects businesses and individuals who donate food and grocery items from civil action. The Personal Injuries (Liabilities and Damages) Amendment Bill provides immunity to civil action if

* the goods were donated in good faith for a charitable or benevolent purpose with the intention the consumer won’t have to pay for them;
* the goods were fit for human consumption or safe to use at the time they left the donor; and
* donors advise of any handling requirements or periods of consumption for donated goods.

“The Government understands that many individuals and organisations want to do the right thing and support charities to help less fortunate Territorians,” Lawrie said.

“It’s estimated that every year Territorians throw out around 30,000 tonnes of food and grocery items which could be redistributed to needy Territorians.

“The Fresh Food Rescue program provides grants of between $2500 and $10,000 for organisations who provide meals and food for infrastructure including refrigerators, freezers and kitchen equipment.”

Lawrie said she was delighted that Foodbank NT was the first recipient under the program, receiving a new refrigerated van today.

“Foodbank NT do an outstanding job in providing food products to about 29 organisations in Darwin and Palmerston,” she said.

“This new van will help Foodbank NT significantly, and ensure the fresh produce they can now distribute to needy Territorians stays fresh.”

The Fresh Food Rescue program is open to not-for-profit organisations currently operating a food rescue program.

Organisations who wish to apply for a grant under Woolworth’s Fresh Food Rescue program should email freshfoodrescue@woolworths.com.au.