We rescue food to feed hungry Aussies.

About SecondBite

We provide food for FREE

We rescue edible surplus food from growers, manufacturers and retailers and distribute it free of charge to over 1,400 charities and not-for-profit organisations to feed vulnerable Aussies in need. Our partners use the rescued food for nourishing meals, emergency relief packages, community pantries and much more.

The need for more food is great

One in five Aussies are affected by food insecurity and don’t have enough safe, nutritious food. This can badly affect their physical, emotional and social wellbeing. SecondBite makes sure that good food is getting to people who need it most, rather than to landfill.

$1 donated provides enough food for up to 5 meals

SecondBite is the most efficient national food rescue organisation in Australia. Our combined Community Connect and Direct Delivery models of food rescue and distribution keeps our operating costs low. This means that for every $1 you donate, we distribute enough food for up to 5 meals.


In FY21 we rescued and distributed 24.3 million kilos of food to provide more than 48.7 million meals.

The effects of drought, floods and COVID-19 in recent times have seen the demand for food relief soar. There’s so much more to be done.

$1 = 5 meals

For every dollar you donate we distribute enough food for up to 5 meals.

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SecondBite is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission and is a Deductible Gift Recipient. Donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

Our latest stories

Urban Angels delivers nutritious meals in support of flood relief

In the heart of the Sunshine Coast, you’ll find the Urban Angels Community Kitchen, which runs a food relief program where staff and volunteers create and distribute nutritious frozen meals for people in need using food supplied by SecondBite.

SecondBite CEO Steve Clifford and staff pack boxes for our agency partners

Coles Store Support Centre team bring their A-game to hamper packing for Aussies in need

The highlight of the Coles Store Support Centre sustainability week (May 9 – 13) was definitely the mini warehouse set up at their head office, in which staff came to pack much needed hampers of essential pantry items in support of SecondBite.

Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre in the thick of emergency relief support

Mid Richmond Neighbourhood Centre (also known as the Consortium of Neighbourhood Centres) has been in the thick of emergency relief work for flood ravaged communities in northern NSW over the past several months. Located in Evans Head and servicing services nearby towns of Coraki, Broadwater and Woodburn, the centre was delivering emergency food parcels and others essential items via boat to evacuation centres and areas of higher ground where locals were congregated during the worst of the flooding.

Food Assist a hub for those in need

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Food Assist is an Adelaide-based charity which provides food relief across several locations in the city and as far afield as Kangaroo Island, supporting more than 1000 people each week. Over the past seven years working with SecondBite, it has received a whopping 780,000 kg of fresh food and pantry staples.

New Government must commit to essential food relief sector

Australia’s major food rescue organisations have come together to ensure those experiencing hardship are not forgotten in the lead-up to the Federal election and beyond. SecondBite, Foodbank and OzHarvest are calling on all sides of politics to deliver improved food relief funding and tax incentives to help reduce food waste and feed more Australians doing it tough. Read our joint call for action below.

Gold Coast community’s generosity shines bright to support flood relief efforts

Coles The Pines store manager Frank McDermott is a passionate advocate for SecondBite and its local charity partners on the Gold Coast and uses his platform not only to inspire and engage his store team members, but his 25,000 customers as well. In almost eight years of food collections The Pines store has donated more than 40,000 kg of food to SecondBite and its charity partners.

SecondBite Editorial: Community Support Services Inc, NSW

Charity partner case study –

Mona Mahamed knows exactly what it’s like to endure hardship. In fact, it was the driving impetus for her to set up her community support organisation, Community Support Services Inc (CSS) in Bankstown, south west Sydney, four years ago.

SecondBite partners with Victoria University to offer free meals for students

SecondBite has successfully partnered with Victoria University for the second year in a row to provide free and healthy takeaway meals for VU students.

Oasis Life Lounge provides social outlet and support for women in northern Queensland mining town

For young mothers and socially isolated women living in the northern Queensland mining town of Moranbah, the Oasis Life Lounge offers much needed social activities, health support, life skills training and emergency food relief, courtesy of the SecondBite-facilitated community connect program with Coles Moranbah.

No stopping Brisbane meals program, despite floods

Two of SecondBite’s Brisbane agencies who work in tandem for food collection and meal preparation have not let the recent floods in South East Queensland hamper their efforts to provide meals to people in need.

The Pratt Foundation, Lotterywest and SecondBite provide more than 17 million meals to communities in need in Western Australia

Seed funding provided by the Pratt Foundation and Lotterywest has allowed SecondBite to provide more than 17 million meals in the past three years to Western Australians who have experienced tough times.

SecondBite is proud to announce the Matched Giving Program in partnership with Australian Venue Co.

Late last year Australian Venue Co. and SecondBite partnered to feed Aussies in need through a matched giving program – already raising more than $4,000.

School food relief programs swing back into action as the new year kicks off

With schools returning for the start of the year this week SecondBite’s support for  school food relief programs will also swing into action after the summer break.

Federal Minister for Families & Social Services visits SecondBite national office

SecondBite CEO Steve Clifford welcomed Senator Anne Ruston on a tour and meeting at our Heidelberg national office last week.

It’s a Wrap: Coles Christmas Appeal raises a record $2.2 million

As part of the celebrations marking the the 10-year anniversary of our partnership with Coles, SecondBite was the sole charity partner receiving fundraising donations from the 2021 Coles Christmas appeal. As a result, a record amount of $2.2 million was raised across its supermarket and liquor network.

SecondBite survey highlights increased need for Christmas support

An October 2021 survey conducted by SecondBite has revealed that eight in 10 agencies expected demand for food support at Christmas to increase, with nearly half the agencies expecting demand to increase significantly.

Illustrator Gemma Leslie donates proceeds from her Food for Everyone posters to SecondBite

Melbourne designer Gemma Leslie took a new approach to work after losing her job during the 2020 pandemic, producing a series of illustrated A2 recipe posters from well known Aussie chefs and donating half the profits to charities such as SecondBite.

PonyUp-ed a milestone: Second-hand tech feeding 500,000 people in need

Together with SecondBite, Australian Social Enterprise PonyUp for Good has announced the donation of its 500,000th fresh meal, just in time for National Recycling week.

SecondBite Volunteers: Next-Gen

Meet Brady. Brady is in Year 6, lives in Western Australia and is a SecondBite volunteer!

Our impact in FY21

24.3 million kgs of food

rescued and distributed

48.7 million meals

provided to people in need

1,400+ food programs


Every meal equals 500 grams of food provided to the charities and community organisations we partner with.

How you can support us

Donate surplus or unsold food

Volunteer at SecondBite

Fundraise for SecondBite

Some of our amazing corporate partners