OzHarvest is excited about the expansion of our food rescue model to regional communities. REAP is a simple three-step program for food rescue volunteers that helps them connect local food business donors with local charities. The team at OzHarvest HQ provides education, best practice examples and supports regional volunteers to have a positive impact on reducing food waste and hunger in their local areas.
Since our regional food rescue program REAP was established in 2011, it has seen more than 300 locations register interest to join the food rescue network, in every state of Australia. We currently have successful, established REAP chapters working in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour, Wagga Wagga, Cairns, Sunshine Coast, Sapphire Coast and New England with new startups in development in many other areas. Further groups of volunteers are also researching the local needs for food and food waste education in other areas, so if you would like to be involved we would love to hear from you!
Our REAP chapters have been set up and run entirely by passionate volunteers. OzHarvest mentors REAP chapter establishment and growth and provides support to this wonderful, growing community of passionate volunteers.
Find out more about what REAP does and how you can start or join a chapter in your area here: www.ozharvest.org/reap/
Have a look at what our volunteers around the country have been doing on our REAP Facebook page.
For more information you can contact our team via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 1800 108 006.
“Volunteering with REAP has been an incredible experience. I was always passionate about not letting good food go to waste but to save so much food from landfill and feed locals who need it at the same time is incredibly rewarding. Our first year has been hard work but the community support and impact certainly makes food rescue addictive.”
- Jana Gorski, REAP Cairns Volunteer Chapter Coordinator
We acknowledge the support
of the Aussie Farmers Foundation.