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Give your snags some soul with a summer “OzSizzle”

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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 OzSizzle.com.au. 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.

Happy One Year Anniversary BP and OzHarvest!

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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!

OzHarvest WA’s third birthday celebrations

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It’s been a big month… well, make that three years for the OzHarvest WA team!

Having hit another milestone in November through the redistribution of an incredible 96,848 kilograms, it was time to celebrate our successes and achievements through a series of special events to mark our third birthday.

On 4 December, our great friend Debbie Schaffer hosted OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn for an intimate ‘rescued’ lunch. Ronni shared her inspirational OzHarvest story with guests and provided an insight into what’s on our plate in 2018. We were also treated to a delicious ‘rescued’ lunch prepared by Shadow Wine Bar + Dining Room Head Chef, Sue Hutchins and OzHarvest WA Chef, Dane McHutchison.

The following day, we opened the doors of our warehouse, for a special celebration with our nearest and dearest supporters. It was great to see so many in attendance at our breakfast barbecue. Thank you to all for all the love and support that we’ve received over the years. We are eternally grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which has allowed us to achieve so much in three short years!

Mobile for a meal

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This December OzHarvest and Mobile Muster are launching our Mobile for a Meal campaign. For every mobile recycled this summer Mobile Muster will donate a meal through OzHarvest to Australians in need.*

Mobile Muster is aiming to recycle 70,000 mobile phones by the end of February so that OzHarvest can deliver 70,000 meals to people in need across the country!

To recycle your old mobile search for your nearest collection point here or drop off your old mobiles at any of the below retail stores.

Resources

Download the posters, social media image and video below to help promote the Mobile for a Meal campaign in your workplace. If you need any further information contact Mobile Muster.

Mobile Phone Waste Facts & Figures

  • There are over 40 million tonnes of electronic waste in the world which represents over $68 billion of potentially reusable resources. (1)
  • Australians are among the highest users of technology and produce an estimated 25kg of electronic waste each every year. (2)
  • In Australia there are over 23 million old unused and unwanted mobile phones and 5 million of these mobiles phones are broken and no longer working.
  • Over 96% of the materials used in mobile phones and accessories can be recovered.
  • For every tonne of mobile phone materials recovered, 10 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are avoided.

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For​ ​just​ ​50​ ​cents​ ​help​ ​share​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​for​ ​Aussies​ ​in​ ​need​ ​this​ ​Christmas

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Woolworths customers can share the spirit of Christmas by purchasing a special 50 cent token to help provide a meal for an Australian in need as part of the OzHarvest​ ​Christmas​ ​Appeal.

OzHarvest, Woolworths’ National Fresh Food Rescue Partner, supports more than 1,000 charitable agencies​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​vulnerable​ ​Australians.

With the support of a regular supply of surplus fresh food from Woolworths stores across the country, and from other donors, and by purchasing one token as part of the Christmas appeal, OzHarvest can deliver​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​to​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​needs​ ​it​ ​most.

Recent research by Foodbank shows the demand for food relief has increased by 10 per cent, with more than 3.6 million Australians now experiencing food insecurity each year. Many charity agencies across the country​ ​say​ ​they​ ​could​ ​take​ ​double​ ​the​ ​food​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​demand.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said; “For many families in Australia, Christmas will not mean a nourishing meal and an abundance of joy. Thanks to the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal we can​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​good​ ​food​ ​gets​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need​ ​over​ ​the​ ​festive​ ​season​ ​and​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​ahead.”

All customers need to do is add a 50 cent meal token donation to their shopping at Woolworths or online from now until 24 December, 2017. By placing their name on any tokens purchased and hanging them on the Christmas tree in store, they can show they’ve shared the spirit of Christmas. The more tokens​ ​purchased,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​meals​ ​OzHarvest​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​to​ ​help​ ​feed​ ​Australians​ ​in​ ​need.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters said; “Woolworths and OzHarvest share a common goal of towards zero food waste to landfill. Our partnership not only ensures excess fresh food is​ ​diverted​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need,​ ​​but​ ​also​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​vital​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​be​ ​raised​ ​for​ ​the​ ​organisation.

“We encourage our customers to help provide a meal for someone beyond their direct family and friends this festive season. Simply by donating 50 cents as part of the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, they’ll be supporting the growing need for hunger relief and together we can share the spirit of Christmas.”

The Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal hopes to raise $1 million for the food rescue organisation, which can help provide two million meals for families in need. Last year, Woolworths customers raised over​ ​$750,000,​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​1.5​ ​million​ ​meals.

Woolworths has partnered with OzHarvest since 2015 to help reduce food waste by providing surplus fresh​ ​food​ ​from​ ​their​ ​supermarkets​ ​to​ ​Aussies​ ​who​ ​would​ ​otherwise​ ​go​ ​without.

Liverpool Street Uni Host OzHarvest Food Truck Debut

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On a mission to educate and nourish our country, OzHarvest celebrated the launch of The OzHarvest Food Truck, with the help of Liverpool Street Uni and The Noffs Foundation this week. Making its debut at a special evening of dancing, music, nutrition education, the food truck will be delivering delicious meals and educational programs all around Sydney.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said The OzHarvest Food Truck is the latest innovation in the fight against food waste and is the perfect vehicle to deliver great food and nutrition and food waste education to local communities.

“I’m so excited to see the OzHarvest Food Truck making its debut with our friends at Liverpool Street Uni and the wider community.  The Truck will be serving beautiful nutritious food created by the talented OzHarvest chefs, and running nutrition education workshops to help educate people about food waste and how to live a healthy life,” said Ronni.

Program Coordinator at Liverpool Street University, Roueida Maskaleh said the students all love the OzHarvest message and loved providing a fantastic evening of entertainment including DJs, singing from Angel Tairua, Amos Setu and Kult Shotta and some amazing dance crews to launch the food truck.

“We have worked with OzHarvest for a number of years and have always believed in their vision. We are beyond excited for the launch of the Food Truck, it’s a great initiative and we’re excited to have the youth and community of The Street University be the first to experience it.”

The OzHarvest Food Truck will be available to deliver educational programs to help people live healthy, nutritious and sustainable lives, whilst also raising awareness of the local and global issue of food waste.  It can also be booked to cater private, corporate and community events.

All funds raised through booking the Food Truck will allow OzHarvest to continue nourishing, educating and feeding Australians nationally.

For more information or to book the Food Truck go to ozharvest.org/foodtruck or call 1800 108 006

OzHarvest opens Australia’s first rescued food supermarket – OzHarvest Market

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OzHarvest has opened Australia’s first ever ‘rescued’ food supermarket – The OzHarvest Market – in Kensington, Sydney. Positioned on the ground floor of the TOGA Addison Project, the market aims to make rescued food and other goods available for everyone, especially those in need, by operating on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ model.

With increasing amounts of food being rescued by OzHarvest daily, CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn believes the supermarket provides a new way to connect surplus food that would otherwise go to landfill, with those who might not be reached through our existing service.

“The OzHarvest Market is our latest innovation to tackle food waste and eliminate hunger. It supports OzHarvest’s purpose to nourish our country, by making sure good food does not go to waste and is available to everyone.”

“If times are tough and you’re in need of food or other goods, you can take what you need, if you can give something, then please do, it could even be your time or skills.” said Ronni.

The ground-breaking project is being tested by OzHarvest in Australia, which has been made possible thanks to the donated retail space from TOGA whilst awaiting council approval on proposed developments. The transformed Addison Hotel on Anzac Parade now offers pop-up accommodation for vulnerable youth.

“There are lots of opportunities for people to get involved and give back to the local community, from volunteer hours in the market, stacking shelves and cleaning. We would love to see more OzHarvest Markets pop up as those in the industry are inspired by TOGA’s initiative” said Ronni.

The OzHarvest Market is powered by volunteers and will be open weekdays from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for as long as the site is available. It can be found at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW 2033. Help us be kind to the environment by bringing your own shopping bag.

For more information and to get involved go to ozharvest.org/market

For photos click here.

Massimo Bottura calls on the power of chefs to feed the planet

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Internationally acclaimed Chef, Massimo Bottura spoke passionately to 130 guests at an exclusive charity dinner hosted by OzHarvest at their Alexandria warehouse last night, calling on the power of chefs around the world to use their knowledge and sense of responsibility to help feed the planet and tackle the issue of global food waste.

“The power of change can come from the chef and their knowledge of how to recycle and recreate food, they must help spread the word so people can learn what to do and be inspired by their recipes and ideas.  This is the way we can show the world,” said Massimo.

Bottura praised the creativity of nine magnificent Australian chefs who united on the night alongside OzHarvest Executive Chef, Travis Harvey to ‘cook with a conscience’ transforming food that would otherwise have gone to waste into a degustation menu of fine dining dishes.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn described her first encounter with Massimo as a meeting of the minds, with both OzHarvest and Bottura’s Food for Soul charities sharing the same vision of a world with zero food waste and free of hunger.

“Massimo’s global leadership inspires everyone from chefs, home cooks, politicians, business leaders and people around the world.  His dedication to the cause and passion setting up the refettorios in Milan and Rio, has shown that good food should not go waste when there are so many still going hungry,” said Ronni.

The handpicked crew of chefs with a conscience included: Rob Cockerill (Bennelong), Monty Koludrovic (Icebergs and The Dolphin), Josh Niland (Saint Peter), Matt Stone (Oakridge), James Viles (Biota), O Tama Carey (chef/writer), Aaron Ward (Sixpenny), Clayton Wells (Automata) and Duncan Welgemoed (Africola).

All proceeds from the dinner will support OzHarvest and Food for Soul.

View photos from the night in our Flickr photo gallery here.

OzHarvest spreads the love as UKHarvest opens for business

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Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest has spread its wings overseas in a bid to tackle global food waste and eliminate hunger. UKHarvest is now open for business, with the help of a few friends; HRH the Duchess of Cornwall as Patron and Jamie Oliver and his Foundation who has partnered with UKHarvest to host the first ever UK CEO CookOff in London this week.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn joined Jamie and Her Royal Highness at the event, hosted at Old Billingsgate Market which saw the UK’s top business leaders team up with the nation’s best chefs to cook a banquet for hundreds of everyday heroes who work tirelessly to help others.

“It was an absolutely stunning event and I was thrilled to join the incredible Jamie Oliver and HRH the Duchess of Cornwall to share the magic of the first CEO CookOff in London. Thanks to the extraordinary support from both individuals, UKHarvest is off to a flying start,” said Ronni.

Jamie Oliver has partnered with UKHarvest to host the event as part of his Food Revolution.

“It’s absolutely brilliant that we can get all these bigwigs together in the same room with the nation’s top chefs, all rolling up their sleeves and cooking some delicious grub for our everyday heroes – to raise money for the bigger issues around food education and waste,” said Jamie.

Famous chefs cooking alongside Jamie included UK based Australian chefs, Bill Granger and Brett Graham, Angela Hartnett, Atul Kochhar and Gennaro Contaldo. The CEO CookOff is a great example of what can be achieved when organisations, businesses, communities and individuals work together to raise money for vital food education and food waste reduction initiatives.

The event raised over £500,000 of which a percentage will help fund the newly formed UKHarvest. The Duchess of Cornwall’s patronage reflects Her Royal Highness’s interest in healthy eating, well-being, sustainability and helping those in need.

The Duchess was inspired by the work of Founder Ronni Kahn, during a visit to OzHarvest in Sydney in 2015. UKHarvest is based on the original OzHarvest model and launched earlier this year, and The Duchess is delighted to offer the charity her support.

Aussies’ old phones dial up 60,000 meals for those in need with Mobile for a Meal

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Australians have rallied together for a worthy cause, decluttering their homes and donating 60,000 old phones to be as part of MobileMuster and OzHarvest’s successful summer initiative Mobile For A Meal. The recycled phones will allow OzHarvest to deliver 60,000 meals to people in need.

Mobile For A Meal has been a huge success for the MobileMuster program,” said Spyro Kalos, Recycling Manager at MobileMuster, “we have seen a 17% increase in the number of phones we usually collect over those summer months which means more Australians are recycling.”

“The initiative has been successful in three important ways: encouraging people to recycle, keeping old mobile phones out of landfill and contributing to the important work that OzHarvest are doing,” he concluded.

“I am overjoyed that so many people have put their old mobile phones to good use,” said Ronni Kahn, CEO of OzHarvest, “through this great partnership, old technology has been saved from landfill and turned into a healthy hot meal for someone who really needs it”.

Although e-waste and food waste aren’t typically related, the initiative tackled these two growing waste issues in Australia. $10 billion of food is wasted every year, while there are over 25 million old mobiles sitting around in Australian homes waiting to be recycled.

“Recycling efforts have not only helped OzHarvest but also helped the mobile phone industry to play their role in product stewardship and ensure that products that reach their end of life are recycled in a safe, secure and ethical way,” said Stuart MacIntyre, Chair of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) which manages the MobileMuster program.