SecondBite

Ian Carson

SecondBite exists to provide  access  to  fresh, nutritious  food  for  people in need across Australia.

In a country as prosperous and lucky as Australia, food insecurity is alarmingly frequent. In Foodbank’s most recent Hunger Report it was conservatively estimated that 18% of Australians experienced food insecurity last year. And for more than 4 million of these Australians, food insecurity was not a once off. These stats are unexpected and confronting.  

SecondBite was the idea of Ian and Simone Carson, who decided they could no longer watch good food go to waste while people went hungry. In 2005, they started gathering a committed group of friends to fill their cars with surplus food from restaurants andmarkets around Melbourne to redistribute to local community food programs.  In its first year, SecondBite moved just over 600 kilograms of food. Today, SecondBite collected 13.8 million kilos in the 2017/2018 financial year, and are on track to collect 20 million kilo’s in the 2018/2019 financial year, providing 40 million meals to those in need across Australia.

SecondBite is the social partner for BITE Conference 2019. We’ll hear from Ian about how SecondBite has gone from a humble idea to one of the most influential relief organisations within Australia. 

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