SecondBite’s big heart helps struggling families this winter

Chief executive Jim Mullan launches a new SecondBite scheme out west. Photo: Supplied

Families doing it tough this winter need not go hungry, thanks to a food scheme being rolled out in Melton and Moorabool.

As part of the five-week campaign, from June 29 to August 2, residents can buy a $2 donation card at Coles Caroline Springs, Burnside, Melton West, Melton South and Bacchus Marsh to raise money for SecondBite.

The national food charity redistributes surplus fresh food to families in need.

Money raised from each donation card will help deliver the equivalent of five healthy meals to families doing it tough.

SecondBite chief executive Jim Mullan said the organisation had partnered with Coles since November 2011 to provide surplus fresh, nutritious food for people in need.

“By working together, SecondBite and Coles are providing enough fresh food for more than 23,000 nutritious meals every single day to children and families across Australia,” he said.

“This cannot be achieved without the efforts of Coles and its team members.”

Coles state general manager Sarah Hunter said the company was proud to help SecondBite, and she encouraged shoppers to get behind the campaign.

“Too many people in our communities don’t have enough food to eat and aren’t able to afford healthy meals on a daily basis,” she said.

“We can make a real difference to people doing it tough this winter.”