Yellow Van brightens Floriade
Published on 11 October 2013
As Floriade draws to a close this weekend, the Yellow Van an official charity partner celebrates with Go Yellow Day, encouraging the community to raise awareness and funds to support the not for profits local food rescue program.
Hands Across Canberra asked Yellow Van program director David Burnet to contemplate the organisations’ experiences as a charity partner of Floriade:
“Last year, we were at Floriade as a charity partner and a lady walks up to us, clutching a $20 note.
“Where can I put this donation?”she asked.
I thanked her for her kind donation.
“No really, thank you. I lived in my car with my 18th month old child for a year. The only food we ever ate was the food you guys delivered to the nearby refuge.”
All I could think was, wow…
“Look at you, you’ve obviously done okay now!”
She looked like a very well dressed, put together woman.
“I’ve got accommodation, I’ve got a job. I couldn’t have done it without you guys, we only ate only what the van delivered,”
She gave me the 20 dollar note.
“So no, thank you. This money is the least I can do.”
Canberra has seen its homelessness population almost double in two years. Canberran charities continue to worry about where to find the funds to produces meals and food hampers for the growing number of vulnerable people they serve.
Meanwhile, over 3 million tonnes of edible food is dumped every year in Australia, an estimated 20% of all food produced.
The Yellow Van has rescued 665 000 kilo’s of food to date from 94 food donors in the Canberra, Yass and Queanbeyan region including supermarkets, cafes, caterers and primary producers in the region. This amounts to over 2 215 000 meals provided to 88 charities and refuges that disperse the food to those most in need, such as domestic violence refuges, homelessness shelters, youth drop in centres and school breakfast programs.
The Yellow Van at Floriade in 2013 has set up a Recharge Station where visitors can relax in some much needed shade while they recharge their phones and cameras. They will also run children’s activities as part of ‘Go Yellow’ day encouraging the community to get behind the Yellow Van on Sunday 13th of October. Delicious cooking demonstrations from wellknown Canberran chefs will represent the Yellow Van in the Gourmet Garden.