Fight Food Waste Campaign Launches

Posted by on June 5, 2018

Today, on World Environment Day, OzHarvest are launching a new campaign to Fight Food Waste targeting the biggest culprits – consumers – who collectively waste more than supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers and farms combined. The initiative is Australia’s first national campaign aimed at inspiring people to reduce the mountain of food wasted at home.

Food waste costs the Australian economy more than $20 billion each year and results in over five million tonnes of good food ending up in landfill (see video). Half of this food waste occurs in the home, costing the average family over $1,000 every year, but it can be easily avoided.

According to new research conducted by OzHarvest and Southern Cross Austereo, Aussies are ready to tackle the problem, with over 90% saying they are passionate about reducing their food waste and over half agreeing it was a big waste of money.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn, believes consumer awareness and education is one of most important solutions to stop food being wasted. With a national target to halve food waste by 2030, change is required at levels of society, but it starts at home.

“Food is so precious, wasting it makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically – but we all do it. From forgetting about food in the fridge, buying and cooking too much, letting it expire and not storing it properly … there are so many reasons good food ends up in the bin.”

“The statistics are staggering but the solutions are simple and there is no greater force than people power. Fight Food Waste aims to tackle the problem from the bottom up by changing behaviour at home with how you look, buy, store and cook food” said Ronni.

Consumers are encouraged to join the movement at the new OzHarvest website fightfoodwaste.org, which offers practical tips on how to prevent food waste when you “Look, Buy, Store and Cook”. The campaign also includes out of home, print and radio advertising in donated media spots across the country.

The Fight Food Waste campaign has been developed to support the release of the independent documentary film Food Fighter featuring Ronni Kahn and her journey to tackle food waste in cinemas from 7 June, following a State Theatre premiere on 3 June.

To join the movement, go to www.fightfoodwaste.org.

Food Fighter Premiere Raffle Winners

Posted by on May 29, 2018

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Food Fighter Film Featuring Ronni in cinemas from June 7

Posted by on May 24, 2018

FOOD FIGHTER, the inspirational story of one Australian woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste, will be released in Event and Village Cinemas from June 7.

Filmed over two years and across four continents, FOOD FIGHTER follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.

To celebrate the cinema release Ronni Kahn and Food Fighter director Dan Goldberg will attend a series of special event Q&A screenings between June 7 – June 17. Ticketing information for these Q&As can be found below.

National Tour with Ronni Kahn and Dan Goldberg
  • Thursday 7 June 6pm
Village Rivoli (Melbourne) Buy tickets
  • Friday 8 June, 6pm
Village Bendigo* Buy tickets
  • Saturday 9 June, 3pm
Village Geelong* Buy tickets
  • Sunday 10 June, 6:30pm
Event Innaloo (Perth) Buy tickets
  • Monday 11 June, 6:30pm
Event Marion (Adelaide) Buy tickets
  • Tuesday 12 June, 6pm
Village Cinemas Albury* Buy tickets
  • Wednesday 13 June, 6:30pm
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra) Buy tickets
  • Thursday 14 June, 6:30pm
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast) Buy tickets
  • Friday 15 June, 6:30pm
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) Buy tickets
  • Saturday 16 June, 6:30pm
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane) Buy tickets
  • Sunday 17 June, 6:30pm
Event Cairns City (Cairns) Buy tickets

*Q&A with Dan Goldberg only

Between June 16 – 20 Food Fighter will also have a limited release at the following cinemas:

Event Bondi Junction
Event Macquarie
Event Castle Hill
Event Tuggerah
Event Townsville
Event Innaloo (Perth)
Event Marion (Adelaide)
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast)
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane)
Event Cairns City (Cairns)
GU Shellharbour
GU Cronulla
GU Newcastle
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coat)
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra)
BCC Darwin City
BCC Mackay City
BCC Toowoomba Strand
BCC Coffs Harbour
BCC Lismore

Click here to buy tickets at Event, BCC or Greater Union Cinemas

Village Albury
Village Rivoli
Village Bendigo.

Click here to buy tickets at Village Cinemas

VIRGIN AUSTRALIA REACHES ONE MILLION MEALS MILESTONE WITH OZHARVEST

Posted by on May 8, 2018

Virgin Australia and OzHarvest have announced today that through their partnership, they have provided one million meals to children in need around Australia.

OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, has been collecting surplus food from Virgin Australia aircraft since 2015, demonstrating a major innovation in the way the airline operated and dealt with its surplus food supplies.

OzHarvest rescues over 8,000 kilos of quality surplus food direct from Virgin Australia each month distributing to schools in vulnerable communities around the country.

Virgin Australia is one of OzHarvest’s biggest food donors outside of the major supermarket chains. The partnership has saved over 333,000 kilograms of food from landfill to date.

Virgin Australia General Manager of Group Sustainability, Rob Wood, said the partnership demonstrates Virgin Australia’s commitment to implementing sustainable business operations.

“It’s fantastic when our airline is able to help address the pressing issue of hunger and poverty in our community whilst also improving the way that our business operates and reducing our waste streams.

“We commend the efforts of our crew, catering partners at Gate Gourmet, volunteers and drivers at OzHarvest and the many others involved in this supply chain that go the extra mile to ensure that surplus food is passed on with care every single day.

“This milestone of reaching one million meals demonstrates the importance of this community service and we are proud to be working with OzHarvest on this initiative,” he said.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn, said that OzHarvest looks forward to continuing to progress its partnership with Virgin Australia to help those most in need in the community.

“Food rescue is the heart of what we do. We know that kids who eat a good breakfast and have access to fresh nutritious food, can concentrate at school. Thanks to the regular donations from Virgin Australia we can provide a range of nourishing food including fresh fruit, sandwiches and wraps, cheese and biscuits, muffins, muesli bars and drinks,” she said.

OzHarvest currently rescues over 125 tonnes of fresh food every week from over 3,000 food donors across the country. The food is delivered to over 1,300 charitable agencies who help feed people in need. Food relief is on the rise and many agencies say they could take double to meet demand.

The Facts
  • One in five children now experience food insecurity each year (Source: Foodbank Rumbling Tummies Report 2018).
  • Virgin Australia donates over 8,000 kilos of food each month, providing over 16,000 meals to people in need.
  • One million meals equates to 333,000 kilos of food donated by Virgin Australia since 2015.
  • OzHarvest currently delivers 90,000 kilos of rescued food to 76 schools across the country.

MAXIMUS PARTNER WITH OZHARVEST ON A NEW TRANSFORMATIVE LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

Posted by on May 3, 2018

Leadership consultancy Maximus started working with OzHarvest in 2016, bringing leaders to experience OzHarvest’s purpose-led organisation whilst ‘Cooking for a Cause’ and helping to feed vulnerable people across Australia.

Thanks to the success of this experience, our shared values and belief that purpose should be the heart of every organisation, Maximus approached us to join forces on a new style leadership program.

“The biggest attribute any leader can have is the connection between their head and their heart. The work that Maximus is doing in corporate training and fostering this connection is hugely important. Through this new program, we hope to add value and inspire more people to lead with purpose and see the difference it can make to their business,” Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO, OzHarvest.

“We’re so fortunate to partner with organisations like OzHarvest who are led by exemplary people, like Ronni Kahn, who are able to connect with their purpose and bring that to the workplace, but also beyond that to the community at large,” Vanessa Gavan, Managing Director, Maximus.

Maximus have created a three-day experience for executive teams, based in the world of OzHarvest, which aims to help get a strong sense of purpose and aligned vision at the highest level of the organisation. Leaders will come away understanding how to drive value for themselves, for the business, and the broader society around them.

Funds raised from each program will help provide 100,000 meals to those who need it most.

Click here to download the overview

Contact [email protected] to find out more and to book.

Charity Cars and OzHarvest Canberra

Posted by on May 1, 2018

We are thrilled to announce a brand new and very generous partnership between The Green Shed and OzHarvest Canberra.

Our friends at The Green Shed run a number of services focused on re-use, recycle and re-purpose. One of them is Charity Cars, a free-service collecting unwanted vehicles for resale or sale as scrap metal. OzHarvest Canberra has been chosen to receive 20% of all vehicles’ sold or scrapped value to help continue the important work they do in the Canberra region.

How does it work?

Charity Cars will collect any vehicle for free anywhere within the ACT and surrounds if the vehicle is accessible and has all four wheels; they also require ownership to be signed off at the time of collection… it’s as easy as that!

If the vehicle collected is considered by Charity Cars to have a resale value higher than its scrap metal value the vehicle will be sold at The Green Shed, Resource Management Centre, Mitchell; if it is deemed as being scrap value only the vehicle will be taken to an accredited recycling facility and sold as scrap metal.

Regardless of the method of disposal 20% of the vehicle’s worth will be donated directly to OzHarvest Canberra to help continue their invaluable work within the Canberra Community.

Charity Cars is a business initiative designed to raise revenue for local charity in an innovative and responsible way. They also seek to promote responsible disposal of unwanted motor vehicles in the Territory as well as to generate sustainable, local employment.

Charity Cars is owned and managed by The Green Shed (TGS), which currently operates out of the reuse and recycling facilities at the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Resource Management Centres in the ACT. TGS has a proven record of community engagement throughout the region. Over the last four years TGS has donated over $610,000 in cash donations to local charities. On top of this they donate regularly to Canberra’s schools and local community enterprises.

Click here for further information & contact details

Charity Cars have also kindly donated a vehicle to assist our Canberra team in their day to day endeavours that help nourish the local community. Meet Manuela, the newest edition to our fleet. Thanks Charity Cars and the Green Shed!

 

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EAT.SHOP.CHOP FESTIVAL FOR OZHARVEST MARKET 1st BIRTHDAY

Posted by on April 18, 2018

To help celebrate the first birthday of the OzHarvest Market and the Addison Project, customers at the market will be invited to enjoy a range of free services for the day, including haircuts, a delicious lunch, groceries, laundry and clothes shopping at a special community festival Eat.Shop.Chop on Thursday 19 April from 10am-2pm.

Created by Sustainable Salons, the event brings together Addison Project stakeholders – OzHarvest, Thread Together, TOGA, Randwick City Council, Orange Sky, Eastside FM and My Foundations Youth Housing to celebrate the anniversary and support some of Sydney’s most vulnerable communities.

Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest Founder and CEO said since opening Australia’s first free supermarket a year ago, the OzHarvest Market has served over 35,000 customers from all over Sydney. “The OzHarvest Market has become a real community hub, where people in need can access rescued food, enjoy a hot drink and a warm welcome from our volunteers. I’m constantly overwhelmed by the heartfelt stories of compassion and connection generated from the market and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate its first birthday than with a community festival alongside the other amazing stakeholders at The Addison Project.”

Paul Frasca Co-Founder and Managing Director of Sustainable Salons said it’s easy to forget about the ‘people’ element of sustainability. “Everyone deserves to feel confident and welcomed, which is what Eat.Shop.Chop is all about; we hope to provide those doing it tough with a sense of self-worth and connectedness to their community. To elevate even one person’s quality of life – even if that’s just with a fresh haircut – is what we’re all about.”

Eat.Shop.Chop will be held at the Addison complex at 149 Anzac Parade, Kensington and includes: shopping at The OzHarvest Market, new clothes from Thread Together, haircuts from the Sustainable Salons styling team, and Orange Sky will run their laundry services and showers. The OzHarvest Food Truck will also be on-site to serve a delicious free lunch from 11am – 1pm.

OzHarvest CEO CookOff™ teams cook up a storm

Posted by on March 23, 2018

For the first time, CEOs were able to bring their teams to the OzHarvest CEO CookOff™, partnering with top Australian chefs to prepare gourmet meals for our 1,400 guests.

23 teams – including Woolworths, Electrolux, Frucor Suntory and Deloitte – signed up for the 2018 event, raising funds to help OzHarvest deliver meals to Australians in need. Competition at the top of the fundraising leader board was fierce with BP Australia raising $115,472 to finish in the top spot, just ahead of PwC on $107,026. Rounding out the top three was Hydro Produce whose last minute donations saw them take out the hotly contested third place, raising $70,009.

 

 

A huge thank you to all our teams whose incredible fundraising efforts will help OzHarvest’s wheels keep turning in order to rescue quality surplus food and deliver it to vulnerable Australians.

For a full list of participating teams visit ceocookoff.com.au/leaderboards/top-teams.

OzHarvest CEO CookOff Smashes Record to Feed Four Million

Posted by on March 22, 2018

Leadership, passion and amazing teamwork helped break all records last night as top chefs and industry leaders joined forces to raise $2,021,555 at OzHarvest’s biggest ever CEO CookOffTM. Two hundred CEOs and corporate teams, cooked alongside 50 of Australia’s favourite chefs to feed 1,400 special guests from charity agencies across Sydney a five-star feast at Sydney’s largest pop-up restaurant at Royal Hall of Industries.

The competitive nature of the industry bosses saw charity fundraising taken to a new level as Merchant Group’s Managing Director, Andrew Chapman topped the bill with a whopping $302,500.

Corporate teams also battled for the top spot on the leader board, in the end PwC pipped BP Australia to the post by raising $106,040.

An emotional Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest Founder and CEO, was left speechless by the staggering amount of money raised for the cause. “I’m simply blown away by the unbelievable efforts of the CEOs and teams who threw themselves into this event with fundraising gusto! Thanks to the generosity of their supporters, OzHarvest can now deliver another four million meals to help people in need!” said Ronni.

Top fundraiser Andrew Chapman travels from Perth every year to take part in the event and knows the value of the funds raised. “This is my seventh year at the CEO CookOff. It’s a humbling and uplifting evening, where CEOs get to see the impact of their fundraising first hand. Hearing the stories and understanding the journey that some people go through makes you realise it does not take much to slip through the cracks. It’s a great reminder that those in a position to give, should,” said Andrew.

Top fundraising team PwC teamed up with Miguel Maestre to cook up a giant paella.  PwC Partner and team leader, Lawrence Goldstone said “The atmosphere last night was electric as teams and chefs worked seamlessly to prepare 1400 meals. The simple act of serving good food with respect and dignity, to people who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, has a profound effect on everyone involved.”

Guests were treated to a surprise performance from rock legend, Jon Stevens, who performed well-known songs from his latest tour. Triple M radio hosts, Gus Worland and Ryan Girdler, MC’d the evening. The record amount will help keep the wheels of OzHarvest turning and provide four million meals to help feed people in need. Donations can still be made to OzHarvest at www.ceocookoff.com.au.

Leaving a nourishing legacy with a bequest for OzHarvest

Posted by on March 12, 2018

One day OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn was stopped in the street by a woman who wanted to say a simple thank you. Not recognising her, Ronni replied, “Oh, thank you, but what did I do?” The woman talked about her son who for many years struggled at school. Times were hard at home and she found it difficult to make ends meet. This all changed, however, when they started to receive good food from OzHarvest. Her son could concentrate at school and only recently had just gone to university!

Sadly, there are over three million Australians who suffer from food insecurity every year, a quarter of them children.

If someone in your family was struggling to put food on the table or if one of your grandchildren was going to school or bed hungry, you would do something about it.

There are many people though who do not have the love, care and security of a family to help. Instead they rely on food relief and charity support. As Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest helps provide comfort in the form of fresh, nutritious food rescued from supermarkets, cafes, delis, airlines, restaurants and manufacturers across the country.

Every week OzHarvest rescues over 100 tonnes of food and redistributes it to over 1,000 charities. To date over 75 million meals have been delivered to help fill hungry bellies. It may be hard to believe in ‘the lucky country,’ but food relief is a serious issue and many charity agencies say they could take double the amount of food to meet demand.

‘Nourishing our Country’ is the driving purpose of OzHarvest, along with protecting the environment and ensuring a sustainable future for the next generation. It’s impossible to learn and grow without consistent access to good food.

OzHarvest driver, Paul Keane has been delivering rescued food from airlines to schools for their Breakfast Clubs that help feed vulnerable students. The kids absolutely love the fresh juice and mini muesli bars and they run to greet him with beaming smiles when he arrives in his yellow OzHarvest van.

You can help stop good food going to waste and make sure it gets to people in need by leaving a gift to OzHarvest in your will. By becoming an OzHarvest Guardian, your legacy will nurture and protect the next generation and help OzHarvest ‘Nourish our Country’ when you are no longer here.

If you are thinking of leaving a bequest but aren’t sure what the options are, be reassured that there are many ways you can leave a gift. A few examples that may suit your individual circumstances include:

  • A specific sum of cash
  • A percentage of your estate
  • A gift of real estate or other specific bequest
  • An investment such as stocks, bonds, shares or an artwork
  • A residual gift (the balance of your estate after all other provisions have been met)

As an OzHarvest Guardian, your special gift will make a lasting difference and it doesn’t have to be large to make a valuable impact. For just one dollar, OzHarvest can provide two meals to people in need. By leaving a gift in your will, you will be giving children and their families hope for a healthier, happier future.

If you’d like further information on leaving a bequest or gift in your will to OzHarvest please contact our team on 1800 108 006 or [email protected]

You can download information on suggested language for leaving a gift to OzHarvest in your will here.

Thank you for your generosity.