AIFS in the Community

The AIFS Foundation exists to help tackle food-related issues in our community. Our team are dedicated to helping others and together we can make a difference.

Helping Australians in need

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There are a number of food-related issues in Australia that need addressing:

  • 1 in 5 Australians suffer food-borne illness each year
  • 30,000 are hospitalised annually due to food poisoning
  • $10bn worth of food is thrown out per annum
  • 1 in 10 people rely on food aid

At AIFS, we can't solve all of these problems...but we can make a difference. Our team care deeply about providing help to those who need it most.

Read on to learn more about some of the most popular initiatives we've put in place.

Sharing public health information and tools

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Our mission is to reduce food-borne illness within Australia by educating, advocating, and promoting food safety.

We believe that food safety education is key.

That's why we're always producing and releasing How-To guides, posters, templates, videos, webinars and articles free of charge to food businesses and the general public.

Helping to feed the vulnerable

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We work closely with OzHarvest, a food rescue charity that collects quality excess food food businesses and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to hundreds of charities.

OzHarvest relies on donations to fund its operations - and that's where AIFS helps.

For every student who enrols in a Food Safety Supervisor course with AIFS, we donate enough funds to feed two people in need.

For every student that enrols in a Food Handler course, we help to feed one vulnerable person in our community.

Regular volunteering to help those less fortunate

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Through our association with OzHarvest, the AIFS team volunteer regularly and help those less fortunate.

Some of the activities we've been involved in include:

  • preparing meals for homeless shelters
  • participating in awareness raising events
  • collecting and delivering food to those in need

Raising public awareness

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Food-borne illness is not often discussed by the public or reported in the media - until a scandal happens.

Our goal is to make food safety a topic that food workers and consumers think about before incidents occur.

The AIFS team raise public awareness through:

  • producing press releases and media materials
  • providing comments and opinions when a problem occurs
  • participating in events

You've probably seen or heard of us on TV, the radio, or in newspapers and magazines.