You're given three pallets of ham, cheese and caramelised onion toasties (7400 of them) and can't distribute them. So what do you do?
Call Charbel Yamouni and donate it to his charity Bright Sparqe, which bridges the gap between businesses who have surplus goods to donate and charities in need, simplifying the process of redistributing goods while assisting vulnerable communities and reducing the expenditure and environmental concerns associated with waste management.
And it is free to all parties.
All sizes of businesses are welcome to become Bright Sparqe partner donors to donate a mixture of products and food. Partner charities accept the donations and arrange collection.
"I founded Bright Sparqe to provide food, clothes, toiletries, bottled water and juices to the homeless, underprivileged and people living below the poverty line," said Charbel, the charity's founder and executive director.
"Along the way I have discovered that vulnerable communities need more than this and Bright Sparqe has expanded to be able to help distribute all sorts of products that would potentially go to waste.
"We have now exceeded 10,000 donations which equates to over 700,000 brand new products and unused and unopened food that has not expired, which is a great milestone for a simple idea."
Many well-known Australian brands are supporting the cause, such as the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Grove Juice, Double Tree Hotel, Emma & Tom's Juices, Carman's Kitchen and Casa Amuk.
There are 355 partner charities nationally and growing, including the Father Bob Maguire Foundation, various Ronald McDonald House Charities throughout Australia, the Port Phillip Community Group, Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church Newtown NSW and the Addison Road Community Organisation in Marrickville, NSW.
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