Published on : Thursday, September 2, 2021
Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to be supporting OzHarvest in their commitment to fighting food waste through food rescue, education programs and sustainability work.
Each year, food waste costs Australia $20 billion, while five million people experience food insecurity. OzHarvest are committed to rescuing and redistributing this food to those who need it most, especially during times of increased need.
MCEC is aligning with OzHarvest to increase sustainability in the food waste sector and help them advocate, inspire and influence others to halve food waste by 2030.
MCEC will be donating resources and service provision, ongoing food donations, workplace giving, fundraising and advocacy programs as well as contributing commercial kitchen space to OzHarvest, to trial their ‘Çooking for a Cause’ program for three days a week.
Chief Executive MCEC Peter King said it is the ideal partnership for the organisation.
Globally, one third of all edible food produced is thrown in the bin, and with one in every nine Australian’s unsure where their next meal is coming from, OzHarvest and their goals are relevant to all of them as a community. At MCEC we are passionate about sustainability and being community-minded, and we completely align with what they are working to achieve.
The events industry can contribute a lot of food waste, so this is the perfect way to try and reverse that cycle, and give back to those in Melbourne who need it most .
Bernardo Tobias, OzHarvest State Manager, Victoria said the unwavering support from MCEC has helped feed more people in need during these challenging times.