How We're Reducing Food Waste
Food waste contributes to growing landfills, climate change and food insecurity. Globally, a third of all food grown is wasted. In Australia alone, five million tonnes of food goes to landfill. If food waste was a country, it would have the world’s third largest carbon emissions. While all this food is wasted, food insecurity remains a significant and growing issue. In 2020, the number of Australians seeking food relief doubled to 31%, with over 5m Australians experiencing uncertainty over where their next meal was coming from.
ALDI is proud to say that in 2019, we donated 5,359 tonnes of quality surplus food, which is equivalent to over 10 million meals! Not only does this avoid food going to landfill, but it also makes a positive contribution to helping some of the most vulnerable families in Australia who are faced with food insecurity.
We are honoured to work nationally with our amazing partners at 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.
Especially difficult times require extraordinary measures, so ALDI also works with its partners to provide extra support when it’s needed. In 2020, we provided both financial and product donations to Foodbank and OzHarvest, to support Australians impacted by the bushfires and by COVID-19.
ALDI Australia calls for charities and farmers to help collect unsold food over Christmas 2020.
To learn more about some of our awesome food rescue partners, please visit their websites below: