FGC welcomes food bank programme

Press Release 06/12/2011

FGC welcomes the launch of the nationwide Countdown supermarkets’ “Food Rescue” programme, which will have a major role in distributing good food to many New Zealand families in need, says Katherine Rich, Chief Executive of the New Zealand Food and Grocery Council.

'The programme is a classic case of Kiwi ingenuity building on the strengths of both programme partners, in particular the Salvation Army’s nationwide support network, which plays such an integral role within our local communities as a caring safety net.

"Each day households, retailers, restaurants and businesses throw out surplus food which then finds its way into landfill sites.

"FGC represents businesses that supply supermarkets acrossNew Zealand. Many of our members are heavily involved in supporting local food banks and charitable groups, as well as being focused on how they can play their part in reducing food waste.

"Countdown’s initiative will be another way of ensuring that good food doesn’t go to waste and supporting our local communities.

"In addition, the $80,000 worth of groceries being donated by Countdown is a major contribution that will mean an extra 1000 food parcels for families.

"FGC commends Countdown for getting involved in such a significant way.

"We also pay tribute to the ongoing work of the Salvation Army as the organisation prepares for one of its busiest times of year and, in particular, the work of Major Robbie Ross and his team for working alongside Countdown on this initiative, Mrs Rich said.