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The 16th of October marks World Food day – An initiative organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations, and this year’s theme is #ZeroHunger.

According to FAO, #ZeroHunger means working together to ensure everyone, everywhere, has access to the safe, healthy and nutritious food they need.  To achieve it, we must adopt a more sustainable lifestyle.

Since 2015 Farro has partnered with Fair Food – to rescue food that might normally go to waste in store to redistribute it to families in need. In that time 66,871kgs of fresh food has been collected from Farro by the team at Fair Food that has helped give 200,613 meals to families in need. Fair Food work with 50 community groups in West Auckland, including Women’s Refuge, the Salvation Army, Emerge and Vision West Foodbank. It also helps to reduce the amount of food waste going to landfill.

We spoke to Ian Mayhill – Project Coordinator at Fair Food, to learn more about the positive impact the initiative has had achieving their goal of “feeding people, not landfill”.

What is Fair Food and how did the operation come about?

Fair Food is a food rescue charity that began in West Auckland in 2012 with the help of Waitakere City Council “calls to actions” around food security . It was kick started with grants from the community development team.

What is the purpose of Fair Food?

We collect safe, surplus on-date or short-dated food from retailers and manufacturers across the food industry. We have trusted partnerships with both food donors such as Farro, and community organisations working with poverty and food insecurity, ultimately providing access to vital fresh food essentials for people in need in our communities.

What is the impact of the initiatives by Fair Food on our community?

Our daily collections have directly impacted on the lives of more than 500 families each week since 2012 by providing them with a regular source of fresh fruit and vegetables at no charge.

By collecting, sorting and redistributing over 100,000kgs of surplus food in the last annum alone, Fair Food has saved 33 million litres of water and reduced greenhouse gas emissions by 990,000kgs as a result of landfill reduction in West Auckland.

If you’re interested in learning more or helping Fair Food get food to those who desperately need it, click here.

As individuals and households there is a lot we can do to help achieve #ZeroHunger. Consider some of the following recommended by FAO:

  • Freeze left overs for later
  • When eating out, ask for a half portion
  • Take left overs home
  • Adopt a more healthy and sustainable diet
  • Prepare and cook nutritious meals using locally sourced, fresh produce (where possible)
  • Shop for products that are in season.
  • Share knowledge and resources