Those in need REAP benefits of local organisation
REAP Sunshine Coast
REAP Sunshine Coast commenced operations in August 2014 and now has a core of 20 dedicated volunteers. As a group they donate their free time to redistributes fresh produce, canned and baked goods, prepared items, and other excess good food to community organisations and schools who in turn provide that food as meals or food hampers to vulnerable members of our community. REAP Sunshine Coast has redistributed over 30,000 kg of excess good food that might otherwise have found its way to landfill to local community organisations who help vulnerable individuals and families.
As the regional arm of OzHarvest, a national food rescue program, together they have helped lead the way on how local businesses, including farmers markets, bakeries, butchers and supermarkets can donate their perishables and, in the process, help address a key need in the community.
Each week, volunteers pick up approximately 500 kg to 600 kg of excess goods from local food suppliers.
REAP has been in partnership with the Noosa Farmers’ Market since April 2015. Due to the generosity of the market stallholders, and working with other generous suppliers, REAP has been able to provide quality food to 12 local charities and community organisations and schools in the Sunshine Coast and more specifically in Tewantin, Noosa, Peregian Springs, Coolum, Maroochydore, Cotton Tree and Nambour.
Michele Lipner, the Chapter Coordinator for REAP Sunshine Coast, brings her passion and commitment to the program. Her goals are to continue growing REAP so that the program can maximise its reach in the Sunshine Coast. This includes not only identifying new suppliers and community organisations as partners, but also helping raise awareness about food waste, food rescue, food security and sustainability.
With organisations like REAP Sunshine Coast and OzHarvest that seek to bring communities, committed volunteers, businesses and producers together, there is real opportunity to make a difference in the lives of vulnerable people in our community. If you are interested in supporting REAP Sunshine Coast, catch them at the Noosa Farmers’ Market every Sunday morning.