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NASFT-Fancy Food Show Raises Thousands for Bay Area AIDS Groups

Record-setting $75,000 raised by nonprofit Under One Roof and show-endorsed donation

SAN FRANCISCO, FEBRUARY 19, 2007 -- When the International Fancy Food and Confection Show comes to The Moscone Center every winter, everybody wins. Hotels are busy; taxis are full; restaurants are bustling. Best of all, San Francisco non-profit groups collect some of the biggest and best donations they get all year. The Moscone Center's nationally-recognized recycling program partners with the National Association for the Specialty Food Trade (NASFT) every January to donate literally tons of surplus goods to organizations like Under One Roof. This collaboration between convention center and customer has benefited the community with annual donations since 1997. Organized and managed by Moscone Center staff and supported by NASFT staff and contractors, dozens of volunteers worked until late collecting material directly from exhibiting companies and expediting deliveries to non-profit organization, Under One Roof. Non-perishable items delivered to Under One Roof were later sold at their retail store, and 100% of sale proceeds go to support local Bay Area organizations leading the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The benefit sale on Thursday, February 15- Monday, February 19 raised over $75,000 according to UOR staff. Since 1990 Under One Roof has generated more than $3.5 million in unrestricted funds for AIDS-related organizations.
In addition to diverting a significant percentage of the center's waste stream by volume from landfill, Moscone Center's recycling program enables the donation of goods and materials to schools and charitable organizations in our community. In FY2005-6, Moscone diverted just under 1.8 million pounds from the waste stream, contributing more than 20% of that to the nonprofit sector. In this role Moscone Center's recycling program stands alone among nation's convention centers and remains the most comprehensive program by far in supporting community goals for sustainability and resource recovery. Winner of U.S. EPA’s 2006 Leadership Club for Green Power Partnership, 2001 Governor's Award for Economic Partnerships, California's Integrated Waste Management Board's (CIWMB) "WRAP of the Year" Award. The Moscone Center is owned by the City and County of San Francisco and privately managed by SMG.

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