REDLANDS shoppers who purchased $2 donation cards at Coles supermarkets around the region have helped food rescue organisation SecondBite raise more than $1,100 for people doing it tough this winter.
For every $2 dollar donation card purchased by Redlands shoppers during the Coles' winter appeal, SecondBite provided ten nutritious meals to local charities like the Salvation Army and Redlands Food Relief to help feed the homeless and disadvantaged.
The campaign, which ran in June and July, raised $1.1 million nationally and $184,000 in Queensland.
Coles state general manager Jerry Farrell said he was overwhelmed by the public's support.
"We have received an outstanding response from our customers who have united to support this important cause and we're grateful for their commitment to helping people in need this winter," he said
"Together with the generosity of local shoppers, we can continue to make a real impact on those who are less fortunate in our community, and make sure everyone has access to three healthy meals a day."
Coles will also fund the purchase of another refrigerated truck, enabling SecondBite to collect unsold food and distribute it to charities that provide meals to people sleeping rough.
SecondBite CEO Jim Mullan said the truck would improve the organisation's efficiency.
"The trucks not only enable SecondBite to collect more food, but also transport a greater variety of stock," he said.
"Historically we have been largely confined to collecting fruit and vegetables from Coles distribution centres but the new refrigerated trucks allow bulk collections of yoghurts, cheese, butter, milk, juice, and other high-risk foods, as well as frozen products."
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