Local Food Heroes on World Food Day

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WORLD Food Day on Friday 16 October 2020 recognises the important work of local food heroes such as
farmers, growers and producers in ensuring communities around the globe have access to fresh, nutritious
and sustainable food and Midwaste want you to know about it.

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Midwaste is our local Regional Waste Forum made up of member Councils – MidCoast Council, Port Macquarie-Hastings Council, Kempsey Shire Council, Nambucca Valley Shire Council, Bellingen Shire Council and Coffs Harbour City Council.

MidWaste Project Officer Wendy Grant said World Food Day is an initiative of the Food and Agriculture
Organisation of the United Nations and provides an opportunity to think about the food we eat, consider
how it got from the paddock to our plate, and take important actions to reduce food waste.

“The average family wastes up to $4,000 every year throwing food away and 1 in every 5 shopping bags of
food ends up in the bin,” Ms Grant said.

“Behind our food, there is always someone who produced, planted, harvested or fished it. When we waste
food, we also waste the energy, water and natural resources used to grow, package, transport and sell it.”

To tackle food waste across the Mid North Coast, MidWaste has teamed up with the NSW Government’s
Love Food Hate Waste program to roll out the free Food Smart program for households.

“By joining the free Food Smart program, which involves a step-by-step guide and handy resources to reduce
waste, your family can make small changes that add up to big savings,” Ms Grant said.

So why not take action this World Food Day by choosing seasonal produce and growing your own food at home or at your local community garden?

The Food Smart project is supported by the NSW Environment Protection Authority as part of the Waste Less
Recycle More initiative, funded from the waste levy.


By Sandra MOON

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