Cooking For A Cause
Have you ever wanted to chop an onion like Jamie Oliver or whip up a homemade ravioli to impress your friends? OzHarvest has a cooking class with a difference.
OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a unique team building activity with soul and purpose! The hands-on cooking class is open to corporate groups of all sizes at various locations across the country, including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth.
What does it involve?
- Lovely OzHarvest chefs get the teams busy in the kitchen transforming rescued food into restaurant-quality meals that are then delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.
- Even those who are not aspiring Masterchefs can get involved, learning how to master the infamous knife skills and practical cooking tips that can be used at home.
- In addition to bonding over a big pot of soup and experiencing the joy of chopping an onion properly your team will take away the knowledge that they have made a real difference, allowing those less fortunate to eat with dignity.
- Your team will learn about food waste, food security and homelessness in Australia, bringing meaning to the phrase ‘food for thought’.
What do we cook?
- We love to teach classics like homemade pasta, gnocchi and ravioli as people are often surprised how easy it is. And of course, learning to cook with rescued food
- Teams get to sample some of delicious food they have made, so no-one goes away hungry!
Many companies offer corporate team building cooking events, but none come with the satisfaction of knowing you have not only saved good food from landfill, but also created delicious and nutritious meals for people who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
You also get to keep a nice yellow apron!
I would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking to organize a team building or charity event.
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It was a day that kept us grounded, reminded us of how fortunate we are and how we really can make a positive difference to our community.
We chopped. We diced. We sliced. We baked, fried and stirred and we had a great time getting to know each other a little better as well as learning some startling facts about food wastage in Australia.
The funds raised from Cooking for a Cause allow OzHarvest to provide meals to many, many more disadvantaged Aussies. As little as $1 donation can provide 2 meals for people in need.
To discuss your team building event with soul and purpose, please contact:
Candis Fraser, Corporate Engagement Manager at email@example.com or call 1800 108 006.
Fundraise for OzHarvest
To help us fight food waste, we need teamwork! If you are looking for a fundraising challenge to run in the office, then join the PledgeAPlate campaign. There are lots of different ways to run a workplace challenge such as bringing in Leftover Lunches, Bake-Overs, Surplus Soup or Zero Waste Wednesdays.
Teams can have fun by sharing their #PledgeAPlate meal creations on company intranets, blogs and newsletters, and by fundraising for OzHarvest a workplace or business can help provide more meals to people in need.
Follow these simple steps to get involved:
- REGISTER your business now.
- INVITE your colleagues to JOIN your team!
- DOWNLOAD your #PledgeAPlate Business Pack
- SET a goal to raise $1000 and get started on your team fundraising! Nominate some friends, another team or nearby workplace to do the same and the Challenge is on!
The Business Pack includes:
- Ideas on how your business can get involved (educate, participate, compete, fundraise)
- Fun workplace fundraising event ideas
- Workplace posters
- Tasty recipes
- Food waste fact sheet
- Tools & tips
- Social media posts and content
Organise a Food Drive
Many of the charities that are recipients of our food have expressed a need for food items for hampers. Some of them deliver over 100 food hampers to families in need every month! Offices, schools, community centres or places of worship can help us meet this need by running a food drive to collect non-perishable food items and donate them to OzHarvest.
All types of canned and packaged goods are welcome, but no perishable foods please and we can’t take any items that are packaged in glass.
Five easy steps to planning a food drive:
- Choose collection sites that are both highly visible and secure.
- Send out an email, put up posters and get the word out to encourage people to bring in items.
- Organise a working bee to pack the items into hampers/parcels for distribution – ideally in carry bags (like supermarket canvas bags) or boxes, as it is easier for recipients to carry. Try to pack a variety of items in each hamper.
- If you like, an OzHarvest representative can visit your organization during your working bee to speak to your team about food waste and food insecurity, and the role that OzHarvest plays in the community.
- Call 1800 108 006 and arrange a pick-up date for the OzHarvest van to collect the donations.
What items to collect:
Be creative and HAVE FUN!