Melbourne Health has won the Health category in this year's Victorian Premier's Sustainability Awards for their program, Reducing Hunger and Food Waste in Our Community.
Acknowledging the impacts of food waste, Melbourne Health’s surplus patient meals are collected daily by OzHarvest who deliver them to community food hub Northpoint Centre for processing and distribution, helping community members in need.
Since February 2018, over 4,000 meals per month have been redistributed, removing nine tonnes of food from landfill per year and reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 tonnes CO2e per year, embracing the principles of environmental, economic and social sustainability.
“I am very happy and grateful that Melbourne Health Director of Faculties, Michael Mc Cambridge and Monika Page, Sustainability Manager encouraged and supported my initial idea to work with Oz Harvest to distribute the food wastage and unused portion foods to the right charity places. It was a nice feeling to know that reducing hunger and food waste was going to be beneficial to lots of needy people in our community.” Said Brendan Ridley, Acting Food Service Manager & Production Manager.
The Premier’s Sustainability Awards continue to discover Victoria’s best and most inspiring Victorian individuals, organisations and businesses who are developing and implementing new sustainable practices.
“I’m so glad Brendan and his team were recognised for this amazing initiative and their hard work. They are helping the community and reducing our environmental footprint. It’s a win-win. Well done everyone!” Said Monika Page, Melbourne Health Sustainability Manger.