Corporate Volunteering & Engagement

Corporate volunteering

Engaging with people is the heartbeat of OzHarvest and there’s no better way to experience some of the ways we nourish our country, than getting involved with our corporate engagement program.

We have a range of team building, sponsorship, corporate volunteering and fundraising activities that will inspire your team and boost your business, and have a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable Australians.

 

Team Building with Soul and Purpose!

If you’ve been searching for a team building with a difference, then look no further.  OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a hands-on cooking class open to groups of all sizes. Led by the lovely OzHarvest chefs, teams get busy in the kitchen transforming rescued food into restaurant-quality meals that are then delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.

In addition to bonding over a big pot of soup and experiencing the joy of chopping an onion properly your team will take away practical kitchen skills and the knowledge that they have made a real difference, allowing those less fortunate to eat with dignity.

Read more about OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause here.

 

Corporate Engagement and Partnerships

CEO CookOff is OzHarvest’s flagship fundraising event where the country’s top CEOs and Managing Directors swap the boardroom for aprons and chopping boards, teaming up with Australia’s top chefs to raise money and produce a delicious dinner for over a thousand vulnerable people.

This event would not be possible without our amazing corporate partners or the fantastic fundraising efforts of the CEOs and their supporters.  In five years it has raised over $5 million allowing us to deliver 10 million meals to those in need and expand our nutrition, education and hospitality training programs.

Read more about the CEO CookOff here or take a look at our current corporate partnerships here.

Corporate volunteering

 

Organise a Food Drive

Many charity agencies are in need of food items for hampers, some deliver over 100 food hampers to families in need every month! Offices, schools, community groups or places of worship can help us meet this need by running a food drive to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to OzHarvest.

All types of canned and packaged goods within use-by date can be collected. Please do not donate fresh/perishable produce or foods containing alcohol (e.g. Christmas pudding). Download the OzHarvest Food Drive and Hampers Kit to help you get started.

Five easy steps to planning a food drive:

  1. Choose a date and a secure/highly visible collection site
  2. Send out an email, put up posters and get the word out to encourage people to bring in items.
  3. Organise a working bee to pack the items into hampers/parcels for distribution, ideally in a supermarket eco bag or boxes. Do not seal or overfill. Try to pack a variety of items in each hamper.
  4. An OzHarvest representative can visit your organisation during your working day to speak to your team about food waste and food insecurity, and the role that OzHarvest plays in the community.
  5. Call 1800 108 006 and arrange a pick-up date for the OzHarvest van to collect the donations.

Good food for hampers:

  • Pasta, rice, whole grain cereal
  • Canned vegetables (ring pull)
  • Canned fruit (ring pull)
  • Canned protein foods like tuna, salmon,
    chicken, beef stews – (ring pull)
  • Long life milk product
  • Biscuits (sweet and savoury)
  • Long life juice/poppers
  • Dried fruits
  • Tea/coffee
  • Breakfast cereal

Lastly, be creative and HAVE FUN!

Fundraising

To help us fight food waste, we need teamwork!  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.

Thinking of running a half-marathon or organizing a food drive at work?  We’d love your support. Every $1 raised can provide 2 meals for people in need.

For more detailed information on corporate engagement with OzHarvest please contact:

Candis Fraser, Corporate Engagement Manager at cookingforacause@ozharvest.org or call 1800 108 006 or complete the form below (please allow 2 business days for our team to respond).

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