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Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is proud to be supporting OzHarvest in their commitment to fighting food waste through food rescue, education programs and sustainability work.

Each year, food waste costs Australia $20 billion, while five million people experience food insecurity.

OzHarvest are committed to rescuing and redistributing this food to those who need it most, especially during times of increased need.

MCEC is aligning with OzHarvest to increase sustainability in the food waste sector and help them advocate, inspire and influence others to halve food waste by 2030.

MCEC will be donating resources and service provision, ongoing food donations, workplace giving, fundraising and advocacy programs as well as contributing commercial kitchen space to OzHarvest, to trial their ‘Çooking for a Cause’ program for three days a week.

Chief Executive MCEC Peter King said it is the ideal partnership for the organisation.

“Globally, one third of all edible food produced is thrown in the bin, and with one in every nine Australian’s unsure where their next meal is coming from, OzHarvest and their goals are relevant to all of us as a community.”

“At MCEC we are passionate about sustainability and being community-minded, and we completely align with what they are working to achieve.”

“The events industry can contribute a lot of food waste, so this is the perfect way to try and reverse that cycle, and give back to those in Melbourne who need it most .”

Bernardo Tobias, OzHarvest State Manager, Victoria said the unwavering support from MCEC has helped feed more people in need during these challenging times.

“Thanks to our wonderful partnership with MCEC, OzHarvest has delivered close to 75,000 meals to the most vulnerable in our community in this time of increased need.”

“We are also thrilled to be able to host our corporate engagement program ‘Çooking for a cause’ at the MCEC kitchens. There’s no better way to get involved with cause than by joining OzHarvest chefs to learn zero-waste cooking skills, while transforming rescued ingredients into hundreds of gourmet meals, ready for distribution to vulnerable communities.”


Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC) is the home of unconventional. At MCEC we do things a little differently. We bring fresh ideas and imagination to every event. We happily turn concepts on their head to make each experience momentous. We welcome events of all shapes and sizes, from meetings and conferences to exhibitions, concerts and galas, whether in-person, virtual or hybrid. And our city is our inspiration. Melbourne is on show at MCEC – in the architecture and design, food and hospitality, location and views. Discover the difference at MCEC.


OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation with a driving purpose to Nourish Our Country. In Melbourne, it has diverted over 6 million kgs of quality food from landfill to Victorians, and runs education programs to create positive change through NEST – educating adults to cook healthy meals on a budget and FEAST – a curriculum aligned program for primary schools about food waste and sustainability. Every dollar donated helps OzHarvest provide two meals to people in need.