OzHarvest hit the road in the national capital in early 2008 following consultation with local community groups which were struggling to help those experiencing food insecurity or those in need of short-term assistance.
At the same time, record levels of food were being thrown into bins by retailers and supermarkets throughout Canberra. With the generous support of the Snow Foundation and Thyne Reid Foundation, our team hit the road running!
Most people who spot our vans zipping all over Canberra would be amazed at how much food is in the back! A typical week sees us rescuing between 9,000 and 10,000 kilograms of great produce and non-perishable food. Sundays normally involve the collection, sorting and delivery of over 1,200 kilograms, 75% of which is perfectly good organic fruit and veggies.
In the past 3 years, our team have rescued over 670,000 kg of surplus food in the local area. That’s almost 2,000,000 meals that OzHarvest Canberra has delivered to over 60 charities in the ACT. The supply of free, fresh, wholesome food has many social and health benefits to the many people doing it tough in the region. It’s a win for the environment too, with good food being diverted away from landfill.
We’re looking forward to expanding our operations so we can rescue more food and in turn help more people in the area.
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