Camden community food program cuts waste

COMMUNITY EFFORT: Big Yellow Umbrella volunteer Christine Hogan helps pack food hampers for the disadvantaged residents who benefit from the program.
COMMUNITY EFFORT: Big Yellow Umbrella volunteer Christine Hogan helps pack food hampers for the disadvantaged residents who benefit from the program.

Big Yellow Umbrella is encouraging local shoppers to support businesses who give back

The Yellow Hampers project is a NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) Waste Less Recycle More Initiative funded from the waste levy.

The project was developed to educate local business owners about the importance of reducing their food waste which ends up in landfill and had tremendous support from the local Camden community, with 10 local businesses signing up to continually donate their excess stock to local families in need.

Each week the volunteer team, led by Big Yellow Umbrella staff, collected food items and repacked them into hampers for vulnerable families, ensuring nobody was without food during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The support of the Camden business community - who were also facing their own hardships - has been overwhelming and the organisers are extremely grateful for their passion and understanding about the importance of the Waste Less Recycle More initiative.

Through this project more than 75 families have been supported each week with frozen meals, fresh salad bowls, cakes and pastries, fresh fruit, vegetables, and numerous pantry items, said Chief Operations Manager Kim Landouw. Bakers Delight Narellan, Burger Frank, Sweet treats By RHI, Sauers Bake House, Soul Origin Narellan, Jally's, Kebup Xpress Narellan and Camden Fruit Barn have donated to Big Yellow Umbrella on a regular basis, along with larger donors Coles Narellan, Coles Mount Annan and Coles Harrington Park through the Second Bite program.

Weekly collections of non-perishable food items donated by the local community at the Coles stores have also contributed to the hampers each week.

"Without this kind of support we simply could not achieve the results we do," Ms Landouw said. "Big Yellow Umbrella is encouraging local shoppers to support businesses who give back to charity and this is a great example of how local retailers can get involved in a program that not only provides food for families, but helps to reduce the environmental impacts of increasing waste to landfill."

To donate to the Yellow Hampers project delivered by Big Yellow Umbrella email hello@yellowumbrella.org.au and one of the friendly team will support you to better understand the process of regular giving.

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