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Fine Food Australia Proudly Supports OzHarvest in Fight Against Food Waste and Hunger

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This year, Fine Food Australia (FFA) is excited to announce an enhanced support initiative with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. After a successful collaboration in Melbourne in 2022 utilising OzHarvest’s Food Rescue service, FFA is taking a significant step forward in 2024 by introducing an option for monetary donations at registration, a first in their history.

Fine Food Australia has consistently demonstrated its commitment to sustainability and community support, which is strongly aligned with OzHarvest’s mission. “We are extremely happy to support such a vital organisation as OzHarvest,” said Diversified Communications Managing Director, David Longman. “Their remarkable work in food rescue not only complements our sustainability goals but also actively contributes to a solution that addresses both food wastage and food insecurity.”

OzHarvest’s efficient and impactful operations in Victoria, their capacity to handle large volumes, and their close work with the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) makes them an ideal organisation to support. Working with OzHarvest ensures that no good food goes to waste during the Fine Food Australia events, redirecting quality food items to those in need across Melbourne.

In 2022, OzHarvest successfully rescued an impressive 1,900 kgs of food during the final days of the Fine Food event, aiding numerous charities and vulnerable individuals. This year, FFA anticipates an even greater contribution, with an array of food items ranging from fruits and vegetables to prepared meals and dairy products directed to donation.

From OzHarvest’s perspective, the support from Fine Food Australia is invaluable. Alana Roberts, Vic & SA Engagement Manager for OzHarvest, shared, “We are so grateful for the support from Fine Food Australia. Every $1 donated to OzHarvest allows us to deliver 2 meals to an Australian in need. This support is crucial in helping us continue our mission to feed vulnerable Australians and reduce food waste.”

Nationally, OzHarvest rescues 250 tonnes of fresh and nutritious food weekly, equivalent to the weight of two blue whales. Since its launch in 2004, OzHarvest has delivered over 250 million meals and saved 82,000 tonnes of food from ending up in landfill.

OzHarvest’s latest Community Needs Survey reveals demand for food relief is at an all time high. Charities are struggling to cope, with a significant rise in first-time help-seekers and many families unable to meet their food needs. The support from Fine Food Australia comes at a critical time, directly impacting thousands of lives across the country.

About Fine Food Australia

Fine Food Australia is the leading trade event for the food industry, featuring the latest innovations, emerging trends, and the finest ingredients. It is dedicated to supporting and promoting sustainability initiatives that benefit both the industry and the community.

About OzHarvest

Founded by Ronni Kahn AO in 2004 after noticing the huge volume of food going to waste, OzHarvest quickly grew to become Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. Food is at OzHarvest’s core, saving surplus food from ending up in landfill and delivering it to charities that help feed people in need. OzHarvest is committed to helping Australia reach its goal of halving food waste by 2030, inspiring and influencing others to do the same, and transforming lives through education.

 

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