Torrens Rail Junction’s huge OzHarvest fundraiser

Posted by on December 19, 2017

Bright and early yesterday morning we joined the Torrens Rail Junction Project team for a celebratory BBQ at its Bowden site office.

In support of what we do, the project team had been fundraising all year long by recycling their bottles and cans. They managed to collect a massive 48,000 cans and bottles. That’s incredible! Not only has this provided much needed funds for OzHarvest, but it has saved tens of thousands of containers from going to landfill. Win/win!

As well as their recycling project many of the team members donated, as well as some of their corporate supporters including Laing O’Rourke, KBR, Bardavcol, GT Planning, Robar Civil, TMK Engineering, WorkPac Group, Timelapse Adelaide and Crane Services. Thank you in particular to Conroy’s, Select and Aimsetters who made the BBQ and celebrations possible.

Through all this fundraising we were incredibly humbled and thrilled to pick up a HUGE cheque for $12,471.50 which means we will be able to rescue and deliver a further 24,943 meals to people doing in tough across Adelaide. What a way to end the year! Thanks so much to all involved for your incredible generosity.

Great Food Rescue Race Raises almost $65,000

Posted by on November 24, 2017

The heart of Adelaide was painted yellow whilst fifteen teams, from charities to local businesses, took part in the third edition of OzHarvest SA’s Great Food Rescue Race. Competing to reach the finish line located in Victoria Square, race participants spent the afternoon celebrating Adelaide’s food culture and raising funds through a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges around the CBD. Almost $65,000 was raised, which will help OzHarvest provide nearly 130,000 meals to South Aussies doing it tough.

From identifying sustainable seafood choices in the Adelaide Central Market, to rescuing surplus Odd Bunch fruit & veg from Woolworths and delivering this to a nearby charitable organisation and to learning about food waste reducing preservation methods like fermentation, participating teams had a great afternoon tasting and learning about all things related to food waste, food rescue and food sustainability.

For the first time there were three race stations in Rundle Mall, bringing a vibrant yellow buzz and attracting public interest and engagement. Whilst competitors’ tastebuds, food knowledge and fitness were put to the test, the public peddled themselves a smoothie, tasted delicious local foods and helped themselves for fresh fruit or veg for a small donation.

“The third Great Food Rescue Race was a great success and it was fantastic to experience the enthusiasm and energy of all the competing teams” said OzHarvest SA State Manager, Kristian Lee Nesbitt.

“The fundraising efforts of the teams involved in this year’s Great Food Rescue Race were truly phenomenal, with the leading team raising around $9,000! Although it’s a day of fun, the event highlights the importance of redistributing surplus food to reduce food waste and to help people in need. We love that we can share this important message in such a fun and engaging way to the wider public.” said Kristian.

There were three winning categories, including:

  • Highest fundraisers – Benevolent Baguettes: The Salopian Inn McLaren Vale’s Team Salopian
  • Highest point score – Clever Carrots: The Salopian Inn McLaren Vale’s Team Salopian
  • Fastest Team – Nimble Noodles: Woolworths’ Team Zone 1 – All Stars

After an action-packed day, competitors, sponsors, supporters and volunteers devoured delicious food prepared by our wonderful Nourish Students from our Yellow Family while listening to great tunes from Hit107.

We give our greatest thank you to all our sponsors and supporters! Major Sponsor Carbon Neutral Adelaide, AV Sponsor Haycom, Supporting Event Sponsors Eat Local SA, The University of Adelaide and Woolworths and Event Supporters Adelaide Central Market, Barossa Valley Brewing, Botanic Gardens of South Australia, COAL cellar + grill, Common Ground, EcoCaddy, Hit 107!, Hither & Yon, JP Media, Kytons Bakery, National Wine Centre, Rundle Mall Management Authority, Pirate Life Brewing, Santos, St John and The Big Issue.

Also a big round of applause to our many volunteers, corporate volunteers and Nourish students who helped out on Race Day!

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Great Food Rescue Race 2017

Posted by on September 5, 2017

Help OzHarvest SA deliver another 200,000 meals to people in need. Join the Great Food Rescue Race!

After two successful years, the Great Food Rescue Race will be back in Adelaide on Friday 3 November 2017!

This unique fundraising event sees corporate teams of five compete in a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges across the CBD, celebrating Adelaide’s food culture and raising funds to help OzHarvest rescue and deliver more quality nutritious food to the local community.

Join us for an afternoon of delicious food, team building and fun to help make a difference to the lives of vulnerable people in greater Adelaide!


What is the Great Food Rescue Race?

The Great Food Rescue Race is a unique fast-paced race across Adelaide’s CBD embracing food, community, teamwork and fun, whilst raising funds for OzHarvest’s South Australian food rescue operations.

Teams of five compete against each other in a series of cooking, nutrition and food-rescue themed challenges between Adelaide’s iconic food landmarks and charitable agencies, with local chefs and food identities making (surprise) appearances during the day.

Now in its third year, the event highlights the important message about food waste and food security, including the challenges faced by people in need and how individuals can make a difference and give back to the community.

The collective fundraising goal this year is $100,000, which always sparks healthy competition amongst teams and their supporting businesses! Teams are encouraged to raise $2,500 per team of 5. That’s only $500 per person! OzHarvest SA provides heaps of tips and tricks to help teams achieve this. You can find them here!

We are thrilled that Carbon Neutral Adelaide has come on board as our major sponsor for the Great Food Rescue Race 2017. Our AV sponsor Haycom  and supporting event sponsors Eat Local South Australia and Woolworths also have joined forces in the race. We would also like to say a big thank you to Adelaide Central Market, Botanic Garden, COAL Cellar + Grill, Hither & Yon, JP Media and Santos for supporting this impactful event.

Get your team of 5 people together now and register on our website! For more information, you can visit the event on this page.

Every $1 = 2 meals OzHarvest can rescue from going to landfill and deliver to people in need.


OzHarvest charity partner of Tasting Australia

Posted by on May 4, 2017

For the third time this year OzHarvest is the Charity Partner of Tasting Australia – an incredible eight-day festival of eating and drinking and uncovering what South Australia’s food-scene is all about: crusading local and seasonal produce; promoting its diverse culture; championing premium producers; indulging in a kaleidoscope of tastes and being treated to unforgettable dining experiences. The festival takes place from Sunday 30 April – Sunday 7 May.

We are very excited to have a daily presence at Charred, Tasting Australia’s Town Square ‘street’ food vendors area. At Charred you can find delicious food cooked over fire by some of Adelaide’s top chefs, adding smokiness and searing heat to your autumn lunch or dinner. You can stoke up the fire and warm the bellies of people in need! For every gold coin donation to OzHarvest you can add a piece of charcoal to our wheelbarrow to signify your impact. The mountain of charcoal will be used on the final fire pit cooking session on Sunday 7 May. For every $1 donated to OzHarvest we can deliver 2 meals to people in need. 

Chef Quiz
On Friday 5 May OzHarvest will be involved in a very special evening during the Chef Quiz! Hosted by DJ Driller Jet Armstrong, Tasting Australia’s Chef Quiz is an interactive, pub-style evening of good wine, great food and even better banter. You can put your skills on global food trends to the test and join in on special ‘pay to play’ games that will help raise much-needed funds for OzHarvest while you have a chance to win some great prizes. This event is sold out, and promises to be a great evening of good food and fundraising for OzHarvest!

Visiting Town Square on Saturday 6 May?
You will see our friendly bright yellow volunteers at the gates to raise funds for OzHarvest. Donating is optional (Town Square has free entry) but with every $1 donation allowing us to deliver 2 meals to people in need and rescue food from going to waste, don’t hesitate to empty your pocket change in our yellow buckets!

Food Rescue
As the Charity Partner of this food event, OzHarvest will rescue any surplus food at the end of the event, and deliver this directly and free of charge to a network of charitable agencies across greater Adelaide, to feed disadvantaged people in the South Australian community.

Check out the Tasting Australia Program and immerse yourself in this fantastic event! Thank you to Tasting Australia Creative Directors Simon Bryant & Jock Zonfrillo, Patron Maggie Beer, and the South Australian Tourism Commission for their ongoing support of OzHarvest.

OzHarvest revs up the kitchen with Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Posted by on January 18, 2017

OzHarvest is thrilled to be the Official Charity Partner for the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide. Through this partnership we aim to raise $150,000 which will mean we can rescue and deliver 300,000 meals to people in need across South Australia.

Before the action of Clipsal 500 Adelaide starts on March the 2nd, we are excited to host a unique fundraising event: CookUp 500!

CookUp 500 will be a night of fun, food and adrenaline at the unique new venue Plant 4 in Bowden!

  • Meet and be inspired by OzHarvest’s CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn
  • Cook alongside chefs and cooks Simon Bryant, Duncan Welgemoed, Tze Khaw, Saskia Beer, Rosa Matto, Jessie Spiby, Chris Jarmer, Bree May, Dougal McFuzzlebutt, Dennis Leslie, Callum Hann, Themis Chryssidi, Daniel Fleming, Josh Gorman, Amanda Gutte and Travis Harvey, together with your host, the flamboyant Max Mason.
  • Help create 500 meals for Australians in need and enjoy beautiful South Australian products from dirt(y), Saskia Beer Farm Produce, Hither & Yon, Woodside Cheese WrightSkala Bakery, Lobethal Bierhaus and Ngeringa Vineyards.
  • Race against some of the best drivers from Clipsal 500 Adelaide on Scalextric
  • Purchase unique items and money can’t buy experiences, knowing that every $1 donated to OzHarvest equals 2 meals we can rescue and deliver to people doing it tough in South Australia.

With all of this and more to come it’s set to be an amazing and unique event. One not to be missed!

Date: 16 February 2017
Time: Starts 5.00pm
Where: Plant 4, Third Street, Bowden SA
Price: $195 for a 3-course meal & drinks
To book tickets: click here or call 08 700 700 80 for any enquiries

Volunteering opportunities

Over the 4-day 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide, 2-5 March, we will have many opportunities for anyone that wishes to volunteer with us. If you are interested, please email [email protected] for more information.

The Advertiser Foundation Ladies Day Luncheon

The Advertiser Foundation Ladies Day Luncheon has become an institution within the Clipsal 500 Adelaide events calendar. Part proceeds for the 2017 event will be supporting OzHarvest SA so please consider hosting a table for your clients, colleagues and staff.

To be held on Thursday 2nd March 2017, in the Coopers Podium Club at the Clipsal 500 Adelaide, commencing at 12 noon. Spectacular entertainment includes performances from the star of The Bodyguard The Musical Paulini, award winning South Australian acrobatic troupe Gravity and Other Myths, Matt (Hans) Gilbertson, Mark (Elivis) Anthony, and Michaela Burger.

Hosted by Mix 102.3 Mark Soderstrom, with Clipsal 500 Adelaide drivers in attendance plus the luncheon includes a glamorous fashion parade.

Tickets are $175 each and includes 2 course meal, 1882 wines and champagne and entry to the track for the entire day. If you would like to buy a ticket or two or even a table, please call Carolyn on 08 700 700 80.

Great Food Rescue Race raises over $70,000

Posted by on November 15, 2016

Adelaide CBD was a buzz of activity as twenty teams from local businesses raced to the finish line in The Great Food Rescue Race. The day was packed with creative cooking, food rescue and tasting challenges, teamwork tests and fundraising goals. Over $70,000 was raised which will help OzHarvest provide 140,000 meals to people in need.

Beating the heat, competitors got stuck into making sauerkraut from surplus cabbage at Adelaide Central Markets, creating a recipe book at Common Ground, identifying foraged food at The Henry Austin, blindfolded mindful eating at the Hilton, rescuing food from OTR outlets and conjuring up Christmas leftover ideas using South Australian produce.

OzHarvest SA State Manager, Hayley Everuss, says the second Great Food Rescue Race was a great success and the fundraising efforts of each team was truly phenomenal.

“The Great Food Rescue Race is fast-paced, exciting and inspiring for all involved. Although it’s a day of fun, it highlights the importance of redistributing surplus food to help people in need. Thanks to all the teams who took part today, OzHarvest will be able to provide 140,000 meals to vulnerable Australians” said Hayley.

There were three winning categories, which included:

  • Highest fundraisers – OTR’s Awesome Golden Whoppers
  • Highest point score – Woolworths Southern Champions
  • Fastest team – Woolworths Southern Champions

Team Haycom competitor, Adam Chesters who raced in a full body yellow lycra suit, said every team challenge was fun and educational. “We tasted green ants, it was incredible and I never fully appreciated the sheer quantity of food wasted each year, a staggering 4 million tonnes ends up in landfill,” said Adam.

After an exhausting race, competitors, volunteers and event supporters enjoyed delicious South Australian food generously donated by Saskia Beer and prepared by OzHarvest’s Nourish students while listening to amazing live music from Angela Easson.

Proud partners of this year’s event include South Australia’s largest private company OTR, Nova Entertainment, Bigwig Advertising & Digital, Haycom and Tucker’s Natural. Supporting partners include, Adelaide Central Market, Hilton Adelaide, Kytons Bakery, EcoCaddy, Santos, Hither & Yon, Lobethal Bierhaus, Brand SA and Channel 44.

Registrations now open for the Great Food Rescue Race !

Posted by on August 25, 2016

Registrations for OzHarvest SA’s Great Food Rescue Race are now open!

Get your running shoes ready because The Great Food Rescue Race is back again! We loved the enthusiasm and support of last year’s race and we can’t wait for round two. The inaugural Great Food Rescue Race in 2015 raised $38,000 and this year we’re aiming to raise $100,000 to provide 200,000 meals for those in need. (more…)

OzHarvest Adelaide to put on a food rescue feast with local chefs at Think.Eat.Save on Monday, 25 July

Posted by on July 21, 2016

Adelaide’s leading chefs will join food rescue charity OzHarvest to feed 2,000 members of the public a free “rescued” meal at the University of Adelaide Goodman Lawns on North Terrace, on Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm at Think.Eat.Save.

Join top SA chefs and local identities including Tze Khaw (National Wine Centre), Gavin Robertson (Adelaide Convention Centre), Philip Pope (Adelaide Oval), Tony Hart (InterContinental), Kevin Martel (The Playford) and Amanda Gutte (Stamford) who will be serving up a delicious feast with the support of SA cooks Maggie Beer, Saskia Beer, Rosa Matto, Silvia Hart, Jessie Spiby and many others.

A live panel discussion will also take place with industry experts including local stars Simon Bryant, Kate Sumner of Kangaroo Island Source, Tze Khaw of the National Wine Centre and more guests on food waste, food security and sustainability moderated by OzHarvest SA Ambassador and media personality Keith Conlon.

In the spirit of sustainability, 450 delicious fruit smoothies will be made by the public and OzHarvest volunteers on “smoothie bikes”.

Think.Eat.Save events taking place nationwide will see some of the nation’s top chefs, business leaders, politicians and celebrities unite to address the urgent issue of food waste, which is currently costing Australians up to $8 billion each year.

Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), OzHarvest is urging Australians to take action on food waste.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2016 is to bring attention to the alarming amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption (approx. 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted or lost along the way.

“The current global and local food waste statistics are alarming,” Ms Kahn said. “We urgently need change to happen now to ensure a sustainable food system for future generations. This year at Think.Eat.Save we are urging Australians to make a dish using their leftovers, giving life to food that would otherwise have been wasted.

“These small efforts to reduce food waste create positive change and inspire others to take action about the urgent issue of food waste and food security.”

Ms Virginia Deegan, Acting Chief Operating Officer & Vice-President at the University of Adelaide, said Ozharvest made a real impact in the community, and the University of Adelaide was proud to be a partner of the initiative.

“University of Adelaide eateries have been donating food to OzHarvest since 2011. To date we
have donated more than 39,000 meals, equivalent to more than 13,000kg of food which would have otherwise ended up as landfill,” Ms Deegan said.

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved by making a personal pledge to change their eating behaviour and reduce food waste via #PledgeAPlate. You can pledge a plate by making a meal out of leftovers, rescued or saved ingredients, taking a photo and uploading it on social media with the hashtag #PledgeAPlate and fundraise via Those participating are then encouraged to nominate someone else to take part via social media.

To mark the national Australian campaign to reduce food waste, OzHarvest will host 11 events across the country, feeding over 15,000 thousand people a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from rescued produce and educating people about reducing food waste.

#PledgeAPlate Campaign Toolkits will be made available from July 25 at for businesses and schools to take action and get involved in the Think.Eat.Save campaign.

The national food waste reduction campaign is supported by Woolworths and Glad.


DATE & TIME: Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm (major cities)


Sydney event: Martin Place, Sydney

Adelaide event: The University of Adelaide Goodman Lawns, North Terrace

Brisbane event: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane

Canberra event: Garema Place

Gold Coast event: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Melbourne event: The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Newcastle event: Wheeler Place, Newcastle

Perth event: Forrest Place, Perth CBD

Regional Areas: Cairns, Sapphire Coast, Armidale


For a full list of events and information, please visit

Social media tags: @ozharvest @UNEP #thinkeatsave #pledgeaplate

OzHarvest announced as new charity partner for 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide

Posted by on June 23, 2016

OzHarvest SA has been announced as the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide’s official charity partner, in a move that is set to benefit thousands of people in need across South Australia.

Focused on rescuing nutritious food that would otherwise end up in landfill, OzHarvest SA is one of several not-for-profit organisations to join forces with the Clipsal 500 Adelaide to make a positive impact on the South Australian community.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn today joined Tourism Minister Leon Bignell, along with South Australian Supercars driver Tim Slade to announce the partnership, which will help the for-impact organisation to rescue and deliver more food to disadvantaged people through over 115 charitable agencies.

Minister Bignell said he was delighted to announce OzHarvest SA as the charity partner for next year’s Clipsal 500 Adelaide.

“This is a fantastic example of corporate social responsibility and the positive impact the event has on the wider community,” Mr Bignell said.

“Since 1999, Clipsal 500 Adelaide has supported a huge range of SA charities, helping to raise money for kids, medical research, the underprivileged and much more.

“As a result of these terrific partnerships, we have supported 16 different charities to raise much needed funds to continue their work,” he said.

With the recent Clipsal 500 Adelaide generating a record-breaking $65.6 million of economic impact to the state, OzHarvest CEO Ronni Kahn said she was excited about partnering with Australia’s largest ticketed domestic motorsport event.

“We’re very grateful and excited to have the support of one of motorsports showcase events, which like OzHarvest is an integral part of the community in South Australia,” Ms Kahn said.

“The partnership provides great exposure for OzHarvest SA and allows us to raise much needed funds so that we can continue to rescue and deliver food, and grow our education and engagement programs that help disadvantaged young people,” she said.

For every $1 amount donated through the 2017 Clipsal 500 Adelaide charity partnership, OzHarvest SA will deliver two meals to South Australians in need.

4TH Food Rescue Van “Daisy” to reduce food waste across Adelaide

Posted by on March 23, 2016

Media Release

23 March 2016



With great delight OzHarvest today officially celebrated the latest arrival to the family of food rescue vehicles in South Australia.  Affectionately named ‘Daisy’, the new van increases the ability of OzHarvest to prevent food waste and spread goodness right across Adelaide. (more…)