SecondBite continues to support Port Lincoln residents

Port Lincoln residents have been encouraged to support SecondBite, which has helped provide many in the community with food security.

SecondBite is a food rescue organisation which provides rescued surplus and unsold edible food, that would otherwise be wasted in landfill, and distribute it to local charities and non-profits around Australia.

Community House Port Lincoln is one of the charities that has benefited from SecondBite, and every using food donated by Coles and other supporters on tables inside the premises for locals to come and collect as needed.

Community House manager Linda Davies said with the help of the SecondBite program about 443 individual people had been provided with food security within the last six months.

She said Community House had closed during the lockdown, but fortunately The Pantry, owned by the organisation, was still open to continue helping people.

"The SecondBite program, along with council community funding helps provide 50 free community meals per week and also nothing is wasted, we try to keep everything out of landfill," she said.

"We do that by offering any leftovers to the community and anything after that goes to animal farmers, which fits in with Community House's environmental policies and procedures.

"The program has been beneficial to the whole community, because hungry people can conduct desperate actions."

Ms Davies said the program was open to everyone and anyone who could benefit from the program was invited to visit once Community House was open, all they needed to do was check in and sign in at the door.

"We don't ask for any financials of them, everyone is treated equally, it's a walk-in walk-out scenario," she said.

Coles is encouraging locals to support SecondBite by buying a $2 donation card at the supermarket during its annual appeal.

Program coordinator Julianne Thompson said COVID-19 had a dramatic impact on the organisation's operations, particularly its meal service which has changed from a sit-down dinner service pre-COVID to a takeaway lunch service.

"When COVID restrictions first hit, demand soared," she said.

"Food had to be placed outside on the veranda so that more people could access it whilst social distancing.

"We've since moved the service back indoors, however only two people can now come through at a time."