T&G Fresh’s Charity Fairgrow Donates One Million Kilograms of Fresh Produce; Gareth Edgecombe and Gavin Findlay Comment

Wed. December 22nd, 2021 - by Chandler James

NEW ZEALAND - One thing that is always pleasant about the holiday season is the spirit of giving that lingers in the air. However, not everyone waits until the winter months to give back to those who need it. T&G Global division T&G Fresh’s successful charity Fairgrow, which works to provide food-insecure communities with year-round access to fresh produce, has reached an impressive new milestone. One year since its creation, the program has donated its one millionth kilogram of fresh produce to Kiwis in Need across Aotearoa.

Gareth Edgecombe, Chief Executive Officer, T&G Global“We know this past year has been challenging for many Kiwi families, with widespread increased demand for food support. As a country of nutritious fresh food producers, it’s vital we work together and support those who need it most,” said Gareth Edgecombe, Chief Executive Officer of T&G Global. “Together with our network of growers, we’ve ensured one million kilograms of surplus produce, or produce without a commercial home, has not gone to waste. I’m immensely proud of our combined efforts, and this huge milestone reflects the generosity of our growers and partners.”

According to a recent release, Fairgrow has aligned with growers from across the country to collect surplus and donated fresh produce to be distributed by the New Zealand Food Network and its network of community food rescue organizations and charities. In addition to gathering produce from grower partners, as well as from T&G’s own business, Fairgrow also raises funds to buy produce to donate when it’s not in season or not readily available.

T&G Global division T&G Fresh’s successful charity Fairgrow, which works to provide food-insecure communities with year-round access to fresh produce, has reached an impressive new milestone

“Along with the financial contributions from T&G, we’ve welcomed the support of our partners and our team members via our employee matched giving program to help ensure a consistent supply of donated produce year-round. These funds were vital in the wake of New Zealand’s nationwide COVID-19 lockdown, which resulted in surges in demand for food support,” added Edgecombe.

The one million kilograms donated is equal to the amount of 5.5 million servings of fresh produce being distributed directly to food insecure communities.

Gavin Findlay, Chief Executive Officer, New Zealand Food Network“The most recent lockdown has exacerbated existing food insecurity levels with demand for support reaching an all-time high,” explained Gavin Findlay, Chief Executive Officer of New Zealand Food Network. “While many of our food hubs have been working tirelessly on the ground getting food into our local communities, ensuring there is enough food to go around has had its challenges. Fresh produce from Fairgrow and its network of growers has made an enormous difference, giving families the nutritious food they need.”

As the supplier continues to support the communities it serves and those in need, AndNowUKnow will keep bringing you the latest updates, so stay tuned.

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