Win tickets to see the new ‘Food Fighter’ documentary starring Ronni Kahn

Posted by on February 16, 2018

We’re overjoyed to announce the Australian festival premiere of Food Fighter, a powerful new independent documentary about OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn’s crusade against food waste.

Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins, and holds government to account.

To celebrate, we’ve got two double passes to give away to the encore screening at Cinema Nova, in Melbourne on Sunday, 4 March at 4:00pm!

For your chance to win, head to the Transitions Film Festival ‘win’ page and enter the code MFOODENCOZ


Find out more about the film and purchase tickets to the festival premiere screening – including a Q&A session with Ronni and Food Fighter filmmaker Dan Goldberg – on Thursday 22 February here:


Breakfast with OzHarvest at Noosa Food and Wine Festival

Posted by on February 15, 2018

OzHarvest Sunshine Coast is very excited to be part of Noosa Food and Wine 2018. From 17 – 20 May, the Noosa Food & Wine Festival will host over 35 events, showcasing some of Australia’s best chefs.

On Sunday 20 May, Bistro C and OzHarvest will team up for a breakfast fundraiser – the Bistro C and OzHarvest 500 – overlooking Noosa’s Laguna Bay. The aim is to reach a guest target of 500 over three seatings, with proceeds enabling OzHarvest Sunshine Coast to deliver up to 20,000 meals to people in need on the Coast.

Book your tickets for this fantastic breakfast here:

Two Years of Aussie Feeding Aussies

Posted by on February 12, 2018

We are so proud to have had Aussie Home Loans as a partner for the last two years. Their generosity has enabled us to feed over 1 million vulnerable Australians through a mix of corporate donations and fundraising activities from Aussie’s mortgage brokers and team members.

The Aussie team has rallied behind the partnership in so many ways, and we are always blown away by their enthusiasm to support our mission to Nourish Our Country. Since the partnership began, over 350 Aussie brokers and team members around the country have participated in our Cooking for a Cause program – an amazing team-building activity where they participate in a cooking class, turning rescued produce into beautiful gourmet meals that are then delivered to the charities we support. In addition, the Aussie team has stepped up to support our fundraising efforts through activities such as the Night Noodle Markets, bake-offs, collecting donations at their retail stores, and the Christmas Tree of Goodness.

Over the Christmas period we were thrilled to receive an incredible donation of over 250 Christmas Hams and 350 Christmas Hampers from Aussie staff. Our charities were incredibly grateful for the joy and nourishment these hampers brought at what can be a difficult time of year for the 3.6 million Australians who seek food relief annually.

In addition, Aussie CEO James Symond has participated in our flagship event, the CEO Cook Off, personally raising over $110,000. Our CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn, was thrilled to be asked to give a keynote address at the 2017 Aussie Sales Conference – Think. Her speech was an inspiration to Aussie’s brokers, business partners and team members who are proud to partner with a company that has such a strong social conscience.

We are excited to announce that Aussie and OzHarvest will be renewing our partnership in 2018 and we can’t wait to see the incredible impact it will have in the lives of hungry Aussies over the next two years and beyond.

CEOs go head to head in Ready Steady CookOff challenge

Posted by on February 9, 2018

OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn and BP Australia’s Andy Holmes went head to head today in a ‘Ready Steady Cook’ style challenge to raise awareness and funds for OzHarvest’s upcoming CEO CookOff™. Top chefs Diana Chan (2017 MasterChef winner) and Thi Le from Anchovy helped the CEOs cook up a storm at BP headquarters in Melbourne.

The event launched BP’s fundraising campaign for Andy Holmes who alongside his team, plans to raise more than $50,000, which will help provide over 100,000 meals to people in need.

Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO and Founder, said BP’s partnership with OzHarvest not only supports food rescue operations by fuelling the fleet of refrigerated vehicles all around Australia, but their financial support is crucial to help stage the annual flagship fundraising event. “The CEO CookOff is our flagship fundraiser and thanks to BP we can create a truly magical experience for over a thousand vulnerable people who are treated to a gourmet dinner created by top chefs and CEOs from across Australia. BP is leading the charge as both the presenting event partner and Andy’s fundraising goal!” said Ronni.

BP Australia President, Andy Holmes, kick-started his fundraising efforts with the ultimate pressure test in front of BP employees, as he cooked alongside MasterChef winner Diana Chan. “Whilst I’m not known for my culinary skills, with Diana by my side I’m quietly confident we can whip up a dish that will impress BP staff and raise funds for the cause,” said Andy.

BP’s partnership with OzHarvest and the CEO CookOff is proudly supported by Holmes who will represent the company at the main event in March, “The BP team is proud to support the incredible work of OzHarvest. We are also committed to expand the BP food rescue network over time and reduce food wastage at our sites. Last year’s CEO CookOff was such a great experience, I’d encourage other CEOs and business leaders to get involved.”

Fellow Melbourne business leader Bob Black, Group Chief Operations Officer of Australia Post will join Andy Holmes, Diana Chan and Thi Le at the CEO CookOff event on March 19. All funds raised by Melbourne based participants will contribute to OzHarvest food rescue in Melbourne which provides meals to 115 charity agencies across greater Melbourne.

There is still time to register to join this unique event

Reducing Food Waste on an Industrial Scale

Posted by on January 18, 2018

Australia’s largest food services provider, Compass Group Australia, has joined forces with Ozharvest to take action against food waste.

Compass operates 480 sites across Australia supplying food and services to a wide range of industries from manufacturing through to education. The company is committed to reducing food waste and is delighted to work alongside OzHarvest to improve food sustainability practices.

“Compass Group Australia purchases around 50,000 tonnes of fresh food every year. By managing food sustainably and reducing waste, we can help our clients save money, help those in the community who are in need, and conserve valuable agricultural resources for future generations.” Compass Group Australia Managing Director Shelley Roberts said.

“We are proud to be OzHarvest’s First and Major National Food Service Donor and to have OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn share her passion for food conservation with our people. Wherever possible, any food that is surplus will be offered to OzHarvest.” Shelley said.

Compass also supports OzHarvest events including the CEO CookOff, community fund raising (Compass staff volunteered at the Sydney Night Noodle Markets, pictured above) and selling OzHarvest merchandise at participating Compass retail venues. Compass chefs also visit OzHarvest kitchens to learn more about saving food and how they can ensure any surplus food from Compass Group sites is donated to OzHarvest so it can be redistributed to Australians in need.

Fighting food waste is a big job and requires collective action. Working with national organisations like Compass is key to influencing change.

“We are proud Compass Group has come on board as a national food service donor, sharing our vision for a world with zero waste and free of hunger. In addition to donating surplus food, Compass has committed to providing funding that will help us provide 200,000 meals per year.” OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said.

Back to work lunches

Posted by on January 18, 2018

Have a self-satisfied return to work this new year by bringing your own lunch!

There’s nothing like unwrapping a delicious home lunch at work to generate some food envy amongst your peers! Not only do you avoid the food court with its long lines and limited options but you can save a heap of money and even eat healthier too! What’s not to love about that?

With a little pre-preparation and a solid leftover plan, you can turn last night’s dinner into today’s delicious lunch.  Here are our top 5 tips for an awesome work lunch:

  1. Cooked too much?

Reduce your food waste bill at home by saving some of your dinner for lunch the next day. Not only is it guaranteed to be delicious, it’s a great way to save money. Uneaten leftovers are one of the top reasons why Aussies waste food.  Fighting food waste in your home and saving money – it’s a win win!

  1. Invest in a lunch box you love

Correct storage is key to a yummy packed lunch. Investing in a good lunch box that suits your needs will make packing your lunch easy and enjoyable. Glass storage containers are a great way to transport food and they can be used in the microwave meaning you’ll save on washing up too.

  1. Prepare lunches the night before and store in the fridge

If you feel like you’re always rushed in the mornings, make it easier for yourself by preparing your lunch the night before and simply storing it in the fridge. You’ll thank yourself when you’re rushing out the door.

  1. Remember to take it to work and put it in the fridge!

There’s nothing less satisfying than leaving your lunch at home when you’ve packed it! Putting a note on the back of the door or setting a reminder in your phone can help. Remember to put your lunch in the fridge once you get to work.

  1. Pack healthy snacks

When your colleagues hit the 3pm slump and pass around the chocolate box, resist temptation by having some pre-packed healthy snacks like fruit, nuts or a veggie stick.

 The best thing about packing back to work lunches is you’ll save money. Spending $10 a day on lunch adds up to $50 a week, meaning you can save over $2000 a year, simply by taking your lunch to work. That’s the equivalent to an overseas flight… Now, that’s satisfying!

Give your snags some soul with a summer “OzSizzle”

Posted by on January 8, 2018

This summer OzHarvest is asking Aussies to add a special something to their seasonal BBQ – a side of goodwill.  By registering the traditional summer barbie as an OzSizzle event, the humble sausage and potato salad get together can be transformed into a fundraising event that helps vulnerable Aussies doing it tough.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn said “Incredibly, every dollar raised can help OzHarvest provide two meals for someone in need.”

“The Aussie BBQ is iconic across the summer months as we see loved ones and share good food and good times. Turning your backyard barbecue into an OzSizzle is such an easy way to help put food on the table for those in our own communities who are still going hungry.”

Whether you’re entertaining friends or holding a pre-payday sausage sizzle at work, throw something delicious on the barbie and don’t forget to register it at Once registered, you can send out invites to your event and collect donations from your bespoke fundraising page.

From Wednesday 24th January to Tuesday 30th January Woolworths are supporting OzSizzle with 10 cents from specially marked sausages going towards OzHarvest, available in store and online.

Torrens Rail Junction’s huge OzHarvest fundraiser

Posted by on December 19, 2017

Bright and early yesterday morning we joined the Torrens Rail Junction Project team for a celebratory BBQ at its Bowden site office.

In support of what we do, the project team had been fundraising all year long by recycling their bottles and cans. They managed to collect a massive 48,000 cans and bottles. That’s incredible! Not only has this provided much needed funds for OzHarvest, but it has saved tens of thousands of containers from going to landfill. Win/win!

As well as their recycling project many of the team members donated, as well as some of their corporate supporters including Laing O’Rourke, KBR, Bardavcol, GT Planning, Robar Civil, TMK Engineering, WorkPac Group, Timelapse Adelaide and Crane Services. Thank you in particular to Conroy’s, Select and Aimsetters who made the BBQ and celebrations possible.

Through all this fundraising we were incredibly humbled and thrilled to pick up a HUGE cheque for $12,471.50 which means we will be able to rescue and deliver a further 24,943 meals to people doing in tough across Adelaide. What a way to end the year! Thanks so much to all involved for your incredible generosity.

Happy One Year Anniversary BP and OzHarvest!

Posted by on December 18, 2017

BP joined the OzHarvest family in January as an Ultimate Partner until 2021. Over the past 11 months we have achieved some phenomenal things as we work together to feed hungry people by minimizing food waste.

With BP’s support, we’ve rescued 2,748,444 kg of food in our yellow food rescue vans which are all fuelled by BP. This has allowed us to deliver over 8 million meals to hungry Aussies! We’ve also collected 65,075 kg of quality food from 120 BP stores around the country.

In 2017 we have received almost 400 more volunteer hours from BP employees. We’ve loved welcoming the BP team into our kitchens around Australia to participate in our Cooking for a Cause classes. We have also had a number of BP volunteers join our drivers in our food rescue vans for a day, collecting quality surplus food and delivering it to the charities we work with.

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BP was also the Major Event Partner of the 2017 CEO CookOff. Business leaders Andy Holmes and Claire Fitzpatrick joined some of Australia’s top chefs in the kitchen to cook up a storm for 1100 of Sydney’s most vulnerable people and raise an amazing $1.7 million to support the OzHarvest cause. You can watch the video of the night here:

We can’t wait to see what we achieve together next year!

OzHarvest deeply values BP’s commitment to ending food waste in Australia. BP fuels OzHarvest vehicles everyday which means we literally could not do what we do without BP’s valuable support. Here’s to a beautiful 2018 together delivering even more meals!

Unlock the gift of giving with ofo this Christmas

Posted by on December 18, 2017

Free ofo rides this December with a meal donated to OzHarvest for each ride taken

Adelaidians and Sydneysiders can unlock the gift of giving this Christmas with ofo, the world’s leading bike share company. This December ofo is proudly supporting OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, whilst also providing free rides for the whole of December. With the season of giving upon us, ofo will donate $0.50 to OzHarvest for every Australian trip taken on an ofo bicycle between 18-23 December. That’s one meal donated to an Australian in need for every free trip taken – so get cycling!

OzHarvest collects quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivers it directly to more than 1000 charities supporting people in need across the country, and has delivered over 76 million meals to date. Whenever you unlock ofo’s bright yellow bikes to explore the wonders of Sydney and Adelaide this Christmas, Australians in need will benefit from a free meal from OzHarvest.

Scott Walker, Head of Strategy, ofo Australia said As the festive season is the season of good will, ofo is giving free rides to users throughout December, whilst also donating a meal to OzHarvest for every trip made between 18th and 23rd December. We hope this initiative will feed thousands of people in need whilst getting people active, reducing air pollution and food waste… all you need to do is download the app, unlock and go!”

Henrietta Ardlie, Head of Fundraising, OzHarvest, said “By ofo donating 50 cents a trip made in Australia, we can provide a nourishing meal to help feed people in need this Christmas, whilst also reducing food waste. We love the fact that this initiative will also get people out exploring Australia, being active and reducing air pollution too!”