OzHarvest’s response to coronavirus (COVID-19)

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OzHarvest remains committed to feeding those in need during this unprecedented time of coronavirus (COVID-19). Food rescue remains in operation, supported by additional health and safety measures for our drivers, food donors and charitable recipients.

All food donors and food recipients can view the status of operations here. This page is updated daily.

How can I help?

OzHarvest is in urgent need of funding to keep our vans on the road. If you are able to donate, please visit hereforhope.com.au – every $1 given will allow us to deliver two meals to someone going hungry.

Please share our message of help. We have asked government for support, and are awaiting a response. We are now asking the public to make sure those who need us most are not forgotten. To make it easy, we have created some social media tiles to spread a message of hope and create a community of people who believe in our mission.

We’ve created social tiles to share below:

FAQs

Can I donate food to OzHarvest?

At this moment we cannot accept private donations of food, however please check our website, Facebook and Instagram for regular updates.

If you are a business that would like to donate food, please find our food donor page here.

Can I volunteer at OzHarvest?

We are currently reviewing our volunteer shifts, and will be in touch with all existing volunteers regarding current and future schedule shifts.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can register your interest here. However please note, you may not receive a response immediately due to a large backlog of volunteer queries. We appreciate your patience during this time.

Is OzHarvest receiving enough food right now?

We are working directly with our large food suppliers to ensure a consistent amount of food can be given to our charities. Due to the pressure on supermarkets, and the unfortunate closure of many restaurants and cafes, we are experiencing variations in the amount of food rescued in each location. You can check the status of food rescue in your area here.

How is OzHarvest distributing the food?

Food rescue remains in operation, and we are delivering food in our yellow vans with our trained drivers. This is being done with extra precautions in place to ensure the health and safety of our staff, as well as our food donors and the charities we support. You can check the status of food deliveries in your area here.

Can OzHarvest deliver food to individuals?

Unfortunately our drivers are unable to deliver food to personal or private residences. If you are looking for support, ASK IZZY can help you to find the services you need, now and nearby. It is free and anonymous, and you can search services to find food, housing, healthcare, counselling, legal advice, addiction treatment. You’ll just need to add your suburb and it will display results that are nearest.

If you are in Sydney, the OzHarvest Market is currently providing food hampers, free of charge. The market is located at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington, and is open from 10am to 2pm, Tuesday – Friday. Please click here for more information.

VIC – The Coronavirus Hotline 1800 675 398
QLD – Community Recovery Hotline 1800 173 349
SA – Please refer to askizzy.org.au
NSW – Please refer to askizzy.org.au
WA – Please refer to askizzy.org.au

What will happen to the school runs if schools close?

If schools close, OzHarvest will work closely with our network of charities to get food to those who are in need. If you are a charity that needs food, you can register your details here or contact your local OzHarvest office here.