A major charity is calling on insurers to work with community organisations when possible after hundreds of thousands of chicken nuggets were condemned to landfill.
About a million McDonald’s chicken nuggets were damaged in April when a truck crashed on the Humy Highway - while many were unsalvageable, around 200,000 were donated to the Salvation Army.
Many of the sought-after snacks were subsequently served at the charity’s Melbourne meal centre for vulnerable people and the rest were put in cold storage, with enough nuggets to last several weeks.
“It’s amazing to see the impact something as simple as chicken nuggets can have on people,” Salvation Army Major Brendan Nottle told AAP at the time. “It’s just been sensational.”
However, the Salvation Army was later forced to surrender thousands of nuggets they’d put in cold storage – these were then weighed as part of an insurance claim process before being dumped.
Now, Salvation Army spokesman Steve Speziale is calling on insurers to work with charities whenever similar incidents occur so food and goods worthy of rescuing can be donated to those in need, rather than going to waste.
“It’s a conversation we’d like to start,” he said.