It’s National Homelessness Week right now, which is aimed at shining a light on those sleeping rough in Australia, and mobilising those more fortunate to help out. One company doing just that is peri-peri chicken slingers Nando’s, who through a partnership with organisation SecondBite are providing chicken to be made into meals for those in need.

The whole idea behind SecondBite is to redistribute fresh surplus food from retail stores to over 1,400 charities around Australia. It’s genius, because it not only reduces food wastage and is a huge move for sustainability, it also means people living rough aren’t going hungry.

Nando’s charity initiative, called NanDonation, was officially launched in July last year, and has seen over 100,000 meals given out to disadvantaged Aussies thanks to the partnership with SecondBite. Over 80 Nando’s restaurants are currently taking part, with the company aiming to get all restaurant locations on board.

They’re hoping that enough chicken is diverted from waste to provide for another 200,000 meals to be donated over the next 12 months to Aussie folk in need of a hot, fresh feed. It’s timely, given that on any given night in our country, up to 1 in 200 Aussies are homeless and there’s currently over 105,000 adults and children who don’t have a permanent dwelling.

For more on National Homelessness Week, visit the official site HERE.

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