SecondBite ensures no food is wasted at Fine Food Australia
SecondBite have been on hand at Fine Food Australia this week to ensure that no surplus food has gone to waste and today collected 2.7 tonnes of surplus food that will now be redistributed to Victorians in need.
Almost one tonne of that was fresh meat and dairy products and 1.7 tonnes was fresh fruit, vegetables and other food items.
SecondBite was selected as the charity partner of Fine Food Australia and were on hand to talk directly to potential food donors and encourage them to think about how they can get involved and reduce the amount of their food that ends up in landfill each year.
SecondBite is a dynamic not-for-profit organisation committed to making a positive difference by sourcing fresh nutritious food that would otherwise go to waste and redistributing it to people who are homeless, living in disadvantaged circumstances or experiencing food security issues within the community.
Katy Barfield, Executive Director of SecondBite said that their vision is to help bridge the gap between surplus and need and in so doing have a positive effect on the environment.
“In 2009 we redistributed 702 tonnes of fresh food – enough for 1.4 million meals – that would have otherwise gone to landfill. In 2010 we are on track to redistribute 900 tonnes, or 1.8 million meals.
“The fresh food donated from Fine Food Australia will create many nutritious meals from the quality produce that was at the event.
“It is essential that fresh food is not wasted, but redistributed to where it is most needed in the community and by selecting SecondBite as their charity partner for the event, Find Food Australia will hopefully inspire other major events to follow their lead,” said Ms Barfield.