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Local Food Hub support is growing with OzHarvest Brisbane and Food Connect to work together under one roof.

October 26, 2018 Dining No Comments

Brisbane-based ethical food business Food Connect Shed has raised over $800,000 from the public to create Australia’s first community-owned food hub, and has landed some major tenants in their proposed space.

OzHarvest and Ballistic Beer Co have both announced they will be cornerstone tenants in the new Local Food Hub, as well as 7 additional tenants who have come onboard in the last three weeks.

Food Connect Shed director Robert Pekin is excited about the announcement.

“We already had nine tenants in the space, but these two announcements means we have 88% of the warehouse leased which provides some long term security for our investors and an exciting opportunity to collaborate together,” Mr Pekin said.

“Now we need to raise the final funding to make sure this space is owned by our community.”

OzHarvest CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn said the move to the Food Connect Shed was an exciting opportunity and aligns with OzHarvest’s purpose to ‘Nourish our country’. It will also help reconnect consumers with the value of food, raise awareness about food waste and support local farmers.

“We are so excited to be part of Food Connect’s vision to create Australia’s first community-owned food hub,” she said.

“This supportive, innovative and creative hub offers the potential to bring farmers, foodies and consumers together under one roof to drive positive changes in how we shop, interact and nourish our families.

“In addition to being our home base for our eight food rescue vehicles, OzHarvest is planning to build a beautiful new commercial kitchen within our space to increase our existing corporate team building offering, catering business and community cooking classes.”

OzHarvest Brisbane collects over 100 tonnes of quality surplus food from more than 200 food outlets each month and delivers directly to over 125 local charities.

The Food Connect Shed equity crowdfunding campaign has been running for eight weeks, and 352 investors have pledged almost $800,000 to date. They have three weeks to hit the minimum goal of $2 million, or the money won’t be processed.

The campaign will run until 10 November or when the campaign is fully subscribed. You can view the campaign here: https://www.pledgeme.com.au/investments/2-food-connect-shed-ltd

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