Posted by sarahpinchbeck on Oct 26, 2016

OzHarvest will host world premiere screenings of acclaimed food waste documentary Theater of Life across Australia in November!

Last year the world’s best chef Massimo Bottura brought together 60 of the world’s top chefs to create a restaurant like no other – turning rescued food into fine dining meals for those in need.

The result is Theater of Life, a documentary film that showcases Massimo Bottura’s extraordinary leadership on this global issue and brings focus on the importance of eliminating hunger and food waste around the world.

Each ticket sold allows REAP By OzHarvest to provide 14 meals to those in need around Australia

Theater of Life is premiering at locations around Australia, Monday 14 November (unless otherwise stated below).


Screenings in REAP By OzHarvest Locations

Coffs Harbour:
Port Macquarie:
Sapphire Coast:
Sunshine Coast:
Wagga Wagga (Thu, 17 Nov):

Roughly one third of the food produced in the world — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted every year.

In Australia, food waste costs up to $10 billion per year as 4 million tonnes of food goes to waste.

It’s crucial that we help spread the message about reducing food waste and the power of food rescue to change lives of those in need.

Bring your friends and family to your local Theater of Life premiere and enjoy an inspiring evening of food rescue hosted by OzHarvest.

Book your tickets for the Theater of Life premiere near you:

YWCA Queensland and REAP by OzHarvest collaborate to reduce food waste in Toowoomba

Posted by sarahpinchbeck on Aug 17, 2016

YWCA Queensland has initiated a REAP chapter in conjunction with OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation. The Chapter will be launched at the My Local Feast Farmers Markets on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

YWCA Queensland is a vibrant, women-led community organisation focused on supporting Queensland women and girls.

The project is proudly funded and supported by the Queensland Government through its Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative to support 24 Toowoomba women to obtain a Certificate 1 in Business and valuable skills and experience through a Community Work Skills traineeship. In addition to receiving nationally recognised vocational skills and qualification, these women – the majority of whom are from refugee/ migrant backgrounds – are delivering a valuable and necessary community service by joining with the OzHarvest REAP project to rescue surplus food from local food businesses and distribute to local charitable organisations.

REAP is a program based on the OzHarvest food rescue model for volunteers in regional areas 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 the regional food rescue program REAP was established in 2011, it has seen more than 300 locations register interest to join the food rescue network from every state of Australia. OzHarvest has successful, established REAP chapters working in, Cairns, Coffs Harbour, New England, Port Macquarie, Sunshine Coast, Sapphire Coast and Wagga Wagga. Further groups of volunteers are also researching the local needs for food and food waste education across regional Australia.

Nationwide, REAP chapters rescue in excess of 12,000 kilograms of surplus food each month from all types of food businesses including supermarkets, cafés, restaurants, produce markets and farms. They have delivered more than 720,000 meals and saved more than 240 tonnes of food from landfill, providing much needed food relief to regional Australians in need.

YWCA Queensland Chief Executive Officer, Kate Tully, said the aim of the program is to provide nationally recognised training and skills as well as making a valuable contribution to the local community.

“YWCA Queensland has been working with an amazing group of women to commence the Toowoomba REAP Chapter. At the same time, these women have been developing business skills and confidence in the workplace.”

Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, says the Toowoomba REAP chapter offers an exciting opportunity to rescue good quality food in regional Australia.

“We know there are businesses out there with food to donate, but no way of getting it out to those who need it most. With the initiation of this collaboration with YWCA Queensland in Toowoomba and the support of the Queensland Government through the Skilling Queenslanders for Work project, REAP by OzHarvest is now in a fantastic position to help even more vulnerable people, as well as reduce landfill.”

OzHarvest services more than 800 welfare organisations in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in regional areas via its REAP food rescue program, including homeless shelters, women’s and men’s refuges, youth shelters and organisations that service families in vulnerable communities.

For more info on YWCA Queensland please visit or call  (07) 3230 3410.

For more info on REAP by OzHarvest please visit or call  1800 108 006.

For more information on the Queensland Government Skilling Queenslanders for Work initiative please visit or call  1300 369 935.

For media interviews please contact REAP National Coordinator, Sarah Pinchbeck: [email protected] | 0417 454 752

OzHarvest and the United Nations call on Australians to reduce food waste by 50 per cent by 2025

Posted by sarahpinchbeck on Jul 21, 2016

National 2016 Think.Eat.Save event

For the fourth year, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest will be teaming up with the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) and the UN’s Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD) to lead the 2016 Think.Eat.Save campaign in Australia and raise awareness of global food loss and waste reduction.

Think.Eat.Save events will take place between Sunday 24th and Tuesday 26th July, 2016 across 11 Australian cities (capital and regional). Thousands of members of the public will be served a free hot meal including surplus soup and rescued stews made from produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill.

In 2015 the event saw 11,000 people around the country served 13,400 meals made from rescued food served by over 400 volunteers.

The 2016 Think.Eat.Save campaign will bring attention to the impact of global food waste and encourage a national debate on how food sustainability and food security can be addressed from a community to a country level.

24 – 26 July will see Think.Eat.Save 2016 events across the country showcasing some of the nation’s top chefs, politicians and celebrities uniting to take a stance against food waste, which is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion each year. The public are invited to enjoy a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from rescued produce, learn more about reducing waste and pledge their commitment to #thinkeatsave.


Regional Areas:

  • Sapphire Coast (24 July): Twyford Hall, Cnr Market & Beach Sts, Merimbula – 11.30am-2.00pm – RSVP here
  • Armidale (25 July): Meals on Wheels Pavilion, Armidale Showground – 6.30pm-9.00pm – RSVP here.
  • Cairns (26 July): The German Club, 57 Winkworth Street, Bungalow – 6.00pm-9.00pm – RSVP here

National City LOCATIONS – DATE & TIME: Monday, 25 July 2016

Follow us on Twitter @OzHarvest or Facebook.

Social media tags: #ozharvest #thinkeatsave

@UNEP #SaveFood #UNFAO #FoodWaste @FAOKnowledge @FAOnews @save_food_news

For more media information, images or interviews with Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, please contact:

Louise Tran at OzHarvest on [email protected] | +61 2 9516 3877 | +61 466 620 744

 Local food facts

  • Australians throw out $8-10 billion of food every year. As a nation we waste four million tonnes per annum of food which ends up in landfill.[2]
  • Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags, which equates to every Australian household throwing out $1,036 worth of groceries each year. [3]
  • Australia produces enough food to feed approx. 60 million people, yet two million people still rely on food relief every year.[4]
  • Food relief agencies are not able to meet demand. Nearly 90% of agencies reported not having enough food to meet total demand. 6 in 10 agencies require at least 25% more food with almost 3 in 10 agencies requiring double the food. [5]

Global food loss and waste facts

  • Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted.[6]
  • Every year, consumers in rich countries waste almost as much food (222 million tonnes) as the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa (230 million tonnes). [7]
  • Food loss and waste also amount to a major squandering of resources, including water, land, energy, labour and capital and needlessly produce greenhouse gas emissions, contributing to global warming and climate change. [8]
  • While the planet is struggling to provide us with enough resources to sustain its 7 billion people (growing to 9 billion by 2050), FAO estimates that a third of global food production is either wasted or lost. Food waste is an enormous drain on natural resources and a contributor to negative environmental impacts.
  • If food is wasted, it means that all the resources and inputs used in the production of all the food are also lost. For example, it takes about 1,000 litres of water to produce 1 litre of milk and about 16,000 litres goes into a cow’s food to make a hamburger. The resulting greenhouse gas emissions from the cows themselves, and throughout the food supply chain, all end up in vain when we waste food.
  • Given this enormous imbalance in lifestyles and the resultant devastating effects on natural resources and the environment, this year’s theme – Eat.Save – Reduce Your Foodprint – encourages you to become more aware of the impacts of your food choices and empowers you to make informed decisions.

For more information visit

About FAO

Achieving food security for all is at the heart of FAO’s efforts – to make sure people have regular access to enough high-quality food to lead active, healthy lives. FAO’s three main goals are: eradication of hunger, food insecurity and malnutrition; elimination of poverty and the driving forward of economic and social progress for all; and, sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air, climate and genetic resources for the benefit of present and future generations. Visit: 


About SAVE FOOD: Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction In May 2011 FAO launched the Global Initiative on food loss and waste reduction (also called SAVE FOOD Initiative) as a corporate effort together with the private sector trade fair organizer Messe Düsseldorf GmbH (Germany). SAVE FOOD works in partnership with donors, bi- and multi-lateral agencies, financial institutions, public, private sector and civil society for: (i) Awareness raising; (ii) Collaboration and coordination of world-wide initiatives; (iii) Evidence-based policy, strategy and programme development, including a methodology for assessing food loss; (iv) Technical support to investment programmes and projects. UNEP joined SAVE FOOD by launching the Think.Eat.Save Campaign in January 2013. Visit:


In August 2013 the FAO Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific launched the SAVE FOOD Asia-Pacific Campaign in Bangkok, Thailand. Strategic action areas identified through consultations: awareness raising, the relevant role of the private sector and support mechanisms by governments in order to facilitate smallholder effective organization along with the role played by consumers. Visit:


About the FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme

The FAO/UNEP sustainable food systems program is catalysing partnerships among United Nations agencies, governments, private sector and civil society to promote activities that improve the sustainability of food consumption and production. Visit: 


In June 2012 on the occasion of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), the U.N. Secretary General launched the Zero Hunger Challenge[9] which includes addressing sustainability of all food systems and the aim of zero food loss and waste. The Committee on World Food Security (CFS)[10], the foremost intergovernmental body for food security and nutrition, at its thirty-ninth Session (October 2012), requested its High Level Panel of Experts on food security and nutrition (HLPE)[11] to prepare a report on Food losses and waste in the context of sustainable food systems to inform the discussions in Plenary in October 2014. In May 2014 HLPE released the summary and recommendations of its report[12].

[1] FAO, 2011, Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention, Rome. Food loss (FL): The decrease in quantity or quality of food. FL is mainly caused by the functioning of the food production and supply system or its institutional and legal framework. An important part of food loss is called food waste (FW) which refers to the removal from the supply chain of food which is fit for consumption by choice or has been left to spoil or expire as a result of negligence – predominantly but not exclusively the final consumer at household level. Source: FAO 2014

[2] Foodwise,

[3] Food Waste Avoidance Benchmark Study 2009

[4] DAFF, National Food Plan 2012

[5] End Hunger Report, Foodbank, 2012

[6] FAO, 2011, Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention, Rome

[7] FAO, 2011, Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention, Rome

[8] FAO, 2011, Global food losses and food waste – Extent, causes and prevention, Rome

[9] Visit: Zero Hunger Challenge

[10] Visit: Committee on World Food Security (CFS)

[11] Visit: High Level Panel of Experts on food security and nutrition (HLPE)

[12] Visit:

REAP Sapphire Coast Celebrates 1 year anniversary

Posted by sarahpinchbeck on Jan 29, 2016

Just over a year ago the REAP Sapphire Coast team began nourishing the people around the Bega Valley. They celebrated at the recent Nethercote Markets with one of the first donors, John Walker of Palarang Organic Meats. We are delighted that Palarang Organic Meats continue to be big supporters, donating quality excess meat on a regular basis.

Since the beginning REAP Sapphire Coast have collected over 4200kg of good food and distributed it to a number of organisations in the Bega Valley including Pearls Place and the Garden of Eden project.

We would like to thank all of our generous donors for their support over the past year and look forward to continuing to grow as we nourish many more people in the Bega Valley.

Photo credit: Merimbula News Weekly

REAP and Rosies spread Christmas Cheer

Posted by sarahpinchbeck on Dec 17, 2015

Thanks to Pinnacle Foods for their generous donation of 50 Christmas puddings to REAP Cairns! Their generosity will bring a smile to the many that are fed by Rosies on Christmas Day.

Tastings of the Hastings with Matt Moran

Posted by reapgeneral on Nov 10, 2015
REAP Port Macquarie were supported and celebrated within the amazing Tastings of the Hastings festival this November with special guest chef Matt Moran, throwing his support and culinary magic behind the local event. The REAP team were delighted to join his cooking demonstration at The Glasshouse, presented by their wonderful local supporters at Midwaste  and The Good Guys Port Macquarie. 

The event was designed to help to educate the festival goers with great tips to avoid food waste in the home and provide inspiration for using everyday leftovers.  REAP Port Macquarie  is the local, regional volunteer arm of OzHarvest’s food rescue service and Matt Moran is a long standing and passionate ambassador for this wonderful national organisation. The proceeds of ticket sales were kindly donated to support REAP Port Macquarie’s ongoing work in the area, ensuring that excess good food does not go to landfill but instead to the kitchens and pantries of the charities that help feed local people in need.

If you would like to support REAP Port Macquarie with donations or volunteering, please get in touch with our local REAP Chapter Coordinator, Katrina Humble on 0413 309 385 and have a look at the chapter page for REAP Port Macquarie.


Horse-racing For REAP

Posted by reapgeneral on Nov 10, 2015

More than $3000 for REAP Cairns was raised at a stylish Melbourne Cup Day event this year, hosted by the wonderful staff of Harrison’s Restaurant Port Douglas and some of the passionate volunteers from REAP Cairns. Keen diners and punters joined in the fun, enjoying a delicious three-course lunch created by Harrison’s whilst bidding on the REAP organised silent auction items and Calcutta.

The funds raised from the event will go towards a refrigeration unit for the new REAP ‘ute’, and the get together was a wonderful opportunity for Port Douglas and Cairns regional residents to connect further over food waste, and the impact that REAP’s success  is having there on local hunger.

The Event Manager for Harrison’s, Reina Patrick expressed her delight to the REAP team on the outcome of the day:

“Thank you for your professionalism and hard work yesterday, it was one of the best Cup Days we have had the pleasure of hosting….all the feedback from the guests has been so positive and I agree with them, I had an AWESOME day! Well done REAP Team.”

REAP Cairns Chapter Coordinator, Jana Gorski was also delighted with the event and the amazing contribution from the 77 guests. The REAP Cairns team have recently participated in a wide range of community events and are truly excited that their work is connecting so many vital and passionate cross-sections of their regional community.

 If you would like to support REAP Cairns with donations or volunteering, please get in touch with our local REAP Chapter Coordinator, Jana Gorski on 0412 784 781 and have a look at the chapter page for REAP Cairns.

REAP Wagga Wagga join Costa Georgiadis at the Sustainable Living Festival

Posted by reapgeneral on Nov 10, 2015
Wagga REAP by OzHarvest volunteers recently celebrated food rescue and its positive impact on the planet at the Lutheran Wagga Sustainable Living Festival. Chapter Coordinators, John and Lyn Foord, were joined by some of their passionate team to educate festival goers on their local REAP project.

Costa, the ever popular gardening and sustainability guru, hooked up with the team to discuss their shared interests and roles as ambassadors for OzHarvest. REAP Wagga Wagga collects an average of several tonnes of excess food every month and their contribution to local charities in free meals, let alone the food waste that they divert from landfill, has seen their team and charity partners grow steadily this year.

John, this passionate REAP coordinator is always fast to recognise the support of their local food donors, and notes that every successful food rescue partnership then paves the way for other food businesses to follow. “The Sustainable Living Festival provided REAP Wagga with an excellent opportunity to connect with new volunteers and simply this happy audience of festival goers about what we do.”

REAP Wagga Wagga has participated in many local community events of late and heads off next week to run the local pub meat raffle as another leg of their fundraising efforts. The team are working hard towards the purchase price for a refrigerated van, to enable their food rescue efforts to expand. It is a truly committed and exciting year ahead for these hard working volunteers….and they always make sure they do it with lots of smiles and bright yellow!

If you would like to support REAP Wagga Wagga with donations or volunteering, please get in touch with our local REAP Chapter Coordinator, John Foord on 0427 315 684 and have a look at the chapter page for REAP Wagga Wagga.