Recently, the teachers of the International Department of the University of Central Queensland in Australia have acted as volunteers for the Melbourne-based charity SeconddBite for one day, making personal contributions to the local community.
SecondBite is an Australian food rescue charity enterprise and an important partner of Central Queensland University in social innovation and service. It aims to recycle fresh food and nutritious food in all links of the food production and consumption chain, including farms, retailers, distributors , Catering suppliers and public events. According to the laws and regulations of Australian food, after strict selection, cleaning and sorting of recycled food, they are distributed to poor families and communities in Australia, and those corrupt foods are sent to fertilizer factories for recycling. Maximizing avoids food waste and helps those in need. It is reported that since 2005, the agency has recovered and distributed more than 42 million kilograms of surplus food to more than 1,300 communities across Australia, equivalent to more than 85 million meals.
As the leading university in social innovation in Australia, the University of Central Queensland is Australia ’s first university to be accredited by Ashoka U, a global social innovation organization. It has always been committed to seeking innovative and sustainable ways to solve social problems and meet social needs, and is also committed to To empower their students and employees to exert their personal influence in the places where they study and live, so as to better improve society. To this end, the teachers of the International Department decided to make good use of their social service for this day’s vacation and make different changes.
At SecondBite, after visiting and training, the teachers wear safety clothing and sort the recovered vegetables and fruits in the factory in accordance with relevant safety and health regulations. They found that in fact, many foods are very fresh and even intact, but they will face rejection because of excessive production or failure to meet the unified store sales appearance requirements. Through the recycling and reuse of such non-profit organizations, these fruits and vegetables will be distributed free of charge to those who have experienced homelessness and crises, indigenous communities, or asylum seekers and new immigrants, avoiding a lot of waste, so it means extraordinary. The teachers were deeply touched by such organization and social action, and expressed their willingness to return to the SecondBite factory as volunteers in their free time to contribute their own efforts.
Not only that, in March this year, the University of Central Queensland also organized more than 20 students from the Melbourne and Sydney campuses to act as volunteers in SecondBite, to cultivate their sense of social responsibility and mission through practice, and to be able to serve the community in the future. Some thinking and action.
Central Queensland University organizes students to volunteer together