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Katy Barfield: Gusto! Interview

Speaker(s): Katy Barfield

  • Date recorded: 24 Jul 2012

  • Duration: 4:19

'With 1.2 million Australian people going hungry each year, it’s hardly rocket science that we need to redistribute this fantastic fresh food and get it to people in need.'

- Katy Barfield

About this video

For a fresh take on how unused food can be diverted to those in need, join Katy Barfield, executive director of food charity SecondBite.

Katie tells how the idea for the charity really took off when it began diverting fresh food left over from the Prahran markets to the kitchen at the local Sacred Heart Mission.

Thanks to a team of staff and enthusiastic volunteers, the charity now diverts enough fresh food per month to make 300,000 nutritious and delicious meals for those in need.

This interview is one of a series of videos commissioned for our Gusto! A culinary history of Victoria exhibition. To view pictures from this exhibition, visit our online gallery.


Katy Barfield was the Executive Director of SecondBite from 2006 to 2012.

Katy was awarded the Tattersall’s Enterprise & Achievement Award in July 2008, and was selected by The Age as one of Melbourne’s 100 Most Influential people.

SecondBite aims to provide access to fresh, nutritious food for people in need across Australia. They do this by rescuing and redistributing surplus fresh food, building community capacity in food skills and nutrition, and advocating for an end to food insecurity.