IFPA reflects on #GivingTuesday
The IFPA celebrated #GivingTuesday by reflecting on food donation partnerships with the Global Produce and Floral Show. At this year’s show, held in Anaheim, IFPA partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County and Food Forward to rescue and distribute produce and floral and also worked with event partner, GES, to donate furniture and appliances used on the floor during the show.
“The partnerships we have with local organizations that help us rescue and deliver produce, floral and more to the communities that host our show are critical to our values and sustainability goals,” said Director of Trade Shows, Kyle McMillan. “We’re also so grateful for our exhibitors for their generosity of donating their products and look forward to continuing our work with these partners at next year’s show in Atlanta, GA.”
IFPA put in place an extensive back of house waste sorting operation to maximize the collection of over 6 tons of floral green waste. Additional waste streams included soft plastics, cardboard, and single stream recycling.
The donation at this year’s show totaled 227,000-pounds of produce and floral with 221,000-pounds of produce going to the communities around Anaheim and Los Angeles, along with 6,650-pounds of floral. This was rescued and packed by volunteers trained and organized by IFPA’s longstanding partners, Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.
“Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County is thrilled to continue its long-term partnership with IFPA for another successful trade show,” said Director of Sourcing, Logistics and Sustainability, Kelly Alesi. “We deeply appreciate this fruitful collaboration. We also extend our gratitude to the members and vendors of the 2023 IFPA trade show for their generous product donations. Second Harvest greatly values this year’s contributions which have played a crucial role in our ability to supply our community with nutritious, fresh produce."
This year, IFPA expanded the partnership to maximize community impact by also partnering with Food Forward who help to distribute food and floral through their Los Angeles distribution channels.
“As a national innovator in the food loss and waste space, Food Forward leverages its unique and sustainable business model to recover hundreds of thousands of pounds of surplus fruits and vegetables daily, thanks to the generosity of produce donors,” said Rick Nahmias, founder and CEO at Food Forward. “We are deeply grateful for our partnership with IFPA, which provides a tremendous opportunity to strategically educate the produce industry while sharing more surplus produce with the communities who need it most."
In a continued effort to be more sustainable, for the first time ever, IFPA offered a furnishing recycling option which included furniture, refrigerators and more that have been donated to the surrounding communities.
While the Global Produce & Floral Show donation takes place in October, IFPA recognizes that nutrition security is an ongoing challenge around the world. If you’re interested in celebrating #GivingTuesday or just in giving to these great partners, you can find more information here: