Secondbite Investment Announced at Queen Vic

Very exciting news today! Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell today announced at the Queen Victoria Market a $2 million investment in SecondBite, allowing the organisation to be able to feed even more vulnerable Victorian families.

SecondBite will have a permanent home in Kensington, a warehouse in outer Melbourne, a
refrigerated van and cool room that will expand freezer capacity across regional Victoria
thanks to a $2 million investment by the Napthine Government.

Premier Denis Napthine and Minister for Housing Wendy Lovell today made the $2 million
funding announcement with SecondBite CEO Elaine Montegriffo at Queen Victoria Market
during Anti-Poverty Week 12-18 October.

Dr Napthine said the $2 million one-off investment means SecondBite will be able to
purchase its Kensington warehouse and another warehouse in outer metropolitan Melbourne, whilst expanding their freezer capacity across Victoria with a new refrigerated van and cool

“SecondBite provides a valuable service in our community, not only by providing meals to
families and individuals, but sourcing food through its partners that would otherwise end up in landfill.”

“This investment also provides more diversity in Victoria’s food security sector and will deliver fresh food to more vulnerable Victorians,” Dr Napthine said.

Ms Lovell said the financial support means the organisation can now free-up funds and
provide more meals to vulnerable Victorians.

“This investment will mean an additional 10 million healthy meals can be provided to
disadvantaged Victorians over five years,” she said.

“Access to fresh food is a major issue for a number of regional Victorian families and we know this investment will enable them to improve their own health outcomes through increased consumption of healthy food.”

“I’d like to acknowledge the great work that SecondBite does by providing healthy meals to
vulnerable Victorians and also congratulate them on their continued effort to meet the
demand for fresh food in regional Victoria,” Ms Lovell said.

SecondBite partners with farmers, wholesalers, markets and supermarkets to collect and
distribute their surplus fresh fruit and vegetables to more than 600 community organisations, providing 85,000 meals each week to vulnerable and disadvantaged people.

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SecondBite CEO Elaine Montegriffo said this investment represents excellent value for
money for the government in the short and long term, by building the capacity of community relief organisations to support healthier eating amongst disadvantaged Victorian families, enabling them to improve their own health outcomes through increased consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables. “It will greatly assist our planned expansion of our fresh food rescue and redistribution and enable us to meet the huge need in Victorian regional areas including Bairnsdale, Bendigo, Ballarat, Wodonga and Warrnambool,” Ms Montegriffo said.