How We're Reducing Food Waste
Food waste contributes to growing landfills, climate change and food insecurity. In Australia alone, more than 7.3 million tonnes of food is wasted every year costing our economy over $20 billion annually*. While all this food is wasted, food insecurity remains a significant and growing issue. In the last year, 1 in 6 adults in Australia hadn’t had enough to eat and 1.2 million children have gone hungry**.
We are proud to partner with food rescue organisations around the country including Foodbank, OzHarvest and SecondBite, and with countless local charities and community groups, to help us get quality surplus food from our stores and distribution centres to the people who need it most.
In 2020, we donated over 10 million meals and more than 66 tonnes of non-food items! Not only does this avoid food from ending up in landfill, it also makes a positive contribution to helping some of the most vulnerable families in Australia who are faced with food insecurity.
Difficult times require extraordinary measures, so ALDI also works with its partners to provide extra support when it’s needed. With the impacts of COVID-19 prevailing, ALDI donated $250,000 to Foodbank as well as initiated a national food support program, enabling a further 2.5 million meals to be provided to Australians impacted by food insecurity over the past year.
We also provided financial support and product donations to Foodbank and OzHarvest to support Australians impacted by the bushfires in early 2020.
To learn more about some of our awesome food rescue partners, please visit their websites below: