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Your Food Collective receives early Christmas gift


Christmas came early for Your Food Collective this week, with Port of Newcastle (PoN) throwing its support behind the locally-based business.

The eco-friendly enterprise encourages people to eat and shop sustainability by sourcing fresh food and vegetables from artisanal growers and producers across the Hunter.

That charter made it easy for PoN to get behind, as the region’s economy begins to rebuild after COVID-19.

Other beneficiaries included Ronald McDonald House, Beyond Blue, Hunter Wildlife and Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME).

The five organisations also align with the workplace’s Environment, Social and Governance (ESG) Strategy.

“The pandemic has hit regional economies and small businesses particularly hard across Newcastle and the Hunter,” Port of Newcastle CEO Craig Carmody said.

“As a group, our employees came together to look at how we could further support local ventures and charities, who have borne the brunt of this two-year long epidemic.

“This year, in lieu of traditional gifts, we gave our staff the choice of assisting a range of businesses or one of our partner charities.

“It’s just another small way we are working hand-in-hand with the community during a time of need.”

Your Food Collective CEO Lauren Branson said PoN’s support would have flow-on effects throughout the supply chain, aiding many hard-working and passionate farmers and producers across the region.

“Our food choices are powerful and, when we get them right, have the ability to reduce the impacts of climate change, protect habitat for biodiversity and build happier healthier communities,” she explained.

“Working with the Port of Newcastle to celebrate their staff this festive season means they are not only saying Merry Christmas to their employees but also to local producers and our planet.

“It’s powerful.”

The hampers Your Food Collective created for Port of Newcastle featured a Hunter Natural free-range wood smoked leg of ham, supporting fifth-generation sustainable graziers in the Upper Hunter.

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