A large part of the animals’ diets at the local wildlife sanctuary Potoroo Palace, is a reliable supply of fresh fruit and vegetables. As just one of the many outgoing costs at the sanctuary, even the smallest of donations are always welcomed by staff.
It has been a tremendous boon therefore, for the sanctuary to now be the fortunate beneficiaries of local supermarket giant Woolworths, and their less than perfect unwanted produce. “It’s made such an enormous difference for us” said Casey Hawkins, long time sanctuary staff member. “It’s so great that we can be doing something so worthwhile with Woolworth’s unwanted food, there’s so much of it!”.
Casey is one of several staff who regularly travels to the supermarkets to pick up bin loads of fruit and vegetables for the sanctuary and, spends time sorting through it and distributing, then cleaning out the bins ready for the next trip. Casey has also been one of the prime initiators for arranging the scheme to be established. “All I had to do was ask Woolworths staff and they were so helpful”.
The Potoroo Palace directorship is relieved to be seeing a positive difference to outgoing costs at the sanctuary and pleased to be continually so well supported by other businesses in the community. As a sign of gratitude, the sanctuary hosted staff from Merimbula’s Woolworths branch recently, and spent time showing them what their food donations were helping to achieve. The sanctuary also receives generous donations from REAP, the local food rescue initiative, as well as Pambula Wholefoods and Foodworks, to name just a few.