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Fancy Food Show Exhibitors Donate More Than 23,000 Pounds of Specialties

Featuring more than 1,200 companies and thousands of products from around the world, the Specialty Food Association Winter Fancy Food Show ran from January 21-23 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.

At the end of the Winter Fancy Food Show, Tuesday, exhibitors donated more than 23,000 pounds of surplus specialty food to Three Square Food Bank, Southern Nevada’s only food bank and largest hunger relief organization, serving four counties–Clark, Lincoln, Esmeralda, and Nye.

“The Specialty Food Association is proud to continue our tradition of ending each Fancy Food Show with food rescue,” said Jennifer Carney, director of tradeshow and event operations, for the SFA. “Making this bountiful donation is a collaborative effort with our wonderful members, who are delighted to support Three Square and its tireless efforts to feed the local community.” 

The donations of specialty foods and beverages included plant-based foods, meat, and cheese products, confections, breads, coffee, tea, oils, vinegars, pasta, snacks, and more.      

"The support we receive from community partners such as the Specialty Food Association is crucial to our mission, allowing us to distribute more food to neighbors in our community," said Beth Martino, president and CEO of Three Square Food Bank. "Last year, they donated nearly 33,000 pounds of quality food— the equivalent of more than 27,000 meals— through the Winter Fancy Food Show. On behalf of the one in eight individuals we are privileged to serve, we are deeply grateful for the SFA and their commitment to food rescue."

The next SFA Show, the Summer Fancy Food Show, will also have a food rescue component. It will take place June 23-25 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

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