By Molly Magennis
A new community food store has opened in Hobsons Bay, offering discounted items to local residents and community organisations.
Food company Kraft Heinz has opened The Pantry at its Altona distribution center, which will redirect potential food waste to those who need it most.
The types of products that will be available are those that can no longer be sold through traditional channels like in supermarkets or online because they require a certain shelf life.
Canned goods such as Heinz Beans, Golden Circle Fruits and Vegetables, Heinz Soups and Kraft Mac & Cheese are always safe to eat, Kraft Heinz following all food safety and quality processes before storing these items on shelves of The Pantry.
The outlet will be accessible to Kraft Heinz staff, family and friends, residents of Hobsons Bay (on ID verification) and community organizations such as West Welcome Wagon and Lions Club.
Since Kraft Heinz’s distribution center has been located in Altona for more than 20 years, a company spokesperson said it was chosen as the site for The Pantry because it “felt like the natural fit for a community-driven initiative like this.”
The spokesperson said that with so many Australians struggling with food safety, it is clear that more work needs to be done on food waste in large businesses.
“Additionally, packaged food waste must be sent to landfill if it is to be disposed of and so any activity that redirects perfectly good food away from landfill is a positive outcome for the environment,” the carrier said. word.
“With the experience of supply chain disruption during COVID, we have also seen the effect of inconsistent demand and therefore having too much or too little stock available. On the rare occasions when we have more products than needed, we will also redirect them to The Pantry. »
The pantry will be open Wednesday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It is located at 9 Westlink Ct, Altona.