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QANTAS FOOD RESQ PROGRAM FEEDS THOUSANDS IN NEED

Posted by on October 10, 2016

Qantas donates 35 tonnes of food, signs up as ongoing OzHarvest food donor

Qantas has signed up as an ongoing food donor of Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, after a successful one year trial that resulted in 35 tonnes of food being redistributed to people in need.

A team of Qantas and Food “ResQ” volunteers at Qantas catering centres in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, has developed a process to collect a variety of untouched food items from domestic flights, which is then picked up by OzHarvest vans and delivered to a range of charitable organisations.

Rescued food from domestic flights includes unopened food items and fruits – such as apples, bananas, muesli bars, breakfast cereal, baked goods and water cups. As a premium airline Qantas caters for every passenger on-board however not everyone chooses to eat when they fly, so this food is now collected as part of the Qantas Food ResQ program.

Alison Webster, Executive Manager Qantas Freight and Qantas Catering Group said the program has been a huge success to date with tonnes of food distributed to underprivileged school children, drought-affected families, refuge centres, youth centres and many more community causes.

“Every kilogram of food that can be rescued from a Qantas flight saves perfectly edible food from ending up in landfill which not only protects the environment but helps make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate,” said Ms Webster.

“The Qantas Food ResQ program is run by a terrific group of volunteers who treasure hunt through the catering boxes on the lookout for packaged items such as sweet treats and whole fruit to salvage.”

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn is constantly looking for innovative ways to tackle food waste in Australia and says the surplus items saved from the Qantas domestic food boxes make a real difference to those in need.

“OzHarvest collects surplus food from more than 2,000 food donors around the country. Thanks to the generosity of these food donors, rather than ending up as waste, this quality food feeds vulnerable women, men and children as well as reducing massive costs for food disposal.

“This type of collaboration shows a major commitment towards the national target of reducing food waste in Australia by 50 per cent by 2025.”

 

Qantas Food ResQ program facts:
• Qantas is the first of all food donors to establish a dedicated OzHarvest volunteer program, welcoming OzHarvest volunteers to carry out their community duties onsite.
• Food is collected from domestic Qantas flights. Custom and quarantine regulations currently prevent collection from International flights.
• Rescued food is delivered to more than one thousand school children each week (children that go to school with no breakfast, no school lunch or both)
• Additional community recipients include: Drought affected farmers, Indigenous communities, Woman Refuge Centres, Street Van Programs, Homeless, Youth Centres, ESL Schools and more
• Data and analytics captured from the Food ResQ program, has already led to greater business efficiency and cost savings within Qantas Catering.

 

Food waste facts:
• Approximately 8 to 10 billion dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial and residential waste. That’s around four million tonnes of food that ends up as landfill. (1.)
• Roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted. (2.)
• Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags, which equates to every household throwing out $1,036 worth of groceries each year. (3.)
• Australia produces enough food to feed approx. 60 million people. (4.)
• Over 644,000 people now receive food relief each month, a third are children.
• Food relief agencies are not able to meet demand. A third more food is required to bridge the gap. (5.)
• 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.)
• Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags, which equates to every household throwing out $1,036 worth of groceries each year. (7.)
• Australia produces enough food to feed approx. 60 million people. (8.)
• Over 644,000 people now receive food relief each month, a third are children.
• Food relief agencies are not able to meet demand. A third more food is required to bridge the gap. (9.)

 

[1] ABS Australian Social Trends (2007), Hyder Consulting (2009), Australian DEWHA National Waste Report (2010), Australian DSEWPaC National Food Waste Assessment (2011), NSW EPA Food waste avoidance benchmark study (2009), Encycle Consulting (2013), Baker D, Fear J, Denniss R. What a waste: an analysis of household expenditure on food, The Australia Institute 2009.

[2] Global Food Losses and Food Waste – FAO, 2011

[3] NSW EPA Food waste avoidance benchmark study (2009)

[4] DAFF, National Food Plan 2012

[5] Foodbank, Hunger Report 2016

[6] Global Food Losses and Food Waste – FAO, 2011

[7] NSW EPA Food waste avoidance benchmark study (2009)

[8] DAFF, National Food Plan 2012

[9] Foodbank, Hunger Report 2016

OZHARVEST BRISBANE TEAMS UP AGAIN WITH GOOD FOOD MONTH

Posted by on July 5, 2016

OzHarvest Brisbane is thrilled to be named the official charity partner for Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi for the third year running. OzHarvest will offer food-lovers events and experiences that not only taste good, but are also good for the soul.

All events will raise essential funds for OzHarvest Brisbane to continue rescuing surplus food to feed people in need.

Take part in a number of foodie events with soul during the month of July, including the upcoming Think.Eat.Save event to be held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Monday, 25 July where 1000 people will be fed a delicious, free hot meal prepared from quality rescued food that would otherwise have ended up in landfill.

Collaborating with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and the UN’s Food Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Global Initiative on Food Loss and Waste Reduction (SAVE FOOD), OzHarvest will be organising the Think.Eat.Save event to raise awareness on global food loss and waste reduction. The event also contributes to the FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme.

Food waste is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion each year, while two million people still rely on food relief.

Mon, 25 – Think.Eat.Save Brisbane @ Cathedral of St Stephen, 11:30am – 2:30 pm 

RSVP via Eventbrite: eventbrite.com.au/e/thinkeatsave-2016-brisbane-event-presented-by-ozharvest-tickets-26091457251

Thurs, 17 – Sun, 27 July – Night Noodle Markets @ South Bank, 5pm – 10pm nightly

OzHarvest volunteers will be at the Night Noodle Markets at South Bank spreading awareness about food rescue, food waste and sustainability. Say hello!

More info: brisbanetimesgoodfoodmonth2017.floktu.com/eventdetails

OzHarvest successfully feeds ten thousand people using surplus at United Nations Think.Eat.Save events to fight food waste

Posted by on July 28, 2015

Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest fed more than ten thousand people across Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle and Perth yesterday at Think.Eat.Save events held simultaneously across the country, a collaboration with the United Nations to tackle the issues of food loss and waste, food security and sustainable food systems.

Taking place at Martin Place in Sydney, St Stephen’s Cathederal in Brisbane, Federation Square in Melbourne, The University of Adelaide, Garema Place in Canberra, The 4217 in the Gold Coast, Forrest Place in Perth, Hunter St Mall in Newcastle, as well as Sapphire Coast and Port Macquarie, the events were a collaboration 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).

Some of the nation’s top chefs including Neil Perry, Matt Moran, Peter Gilmore, Guillaume Brahimi, Somer Sivrioglu, Giovanni Pilu, Maeve O’Meara and Hamish Ingham, internationally acclaimed chef Diego Muñoz, as well as mayors, senators, MPs and celebrities united at the events to take a stance against food waste by serving members of the public a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from surplus produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill.

Food waste is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion each year, while two million people still rely on food relief.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2015 was to bring attention to the disturbing 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) gets wasted and lost[1] along the way.

“Our modern day challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared and accessed by all and where less is wasted at all levels of food production, distribution and consumption,” Kahn said.

“The amount of support that we saw at Think.Eat.Save events across 10 locations around Australia yesterday proves that food waste and food security are issues that Australians care about. Beyond the event, each and every one of us should continue to consciously reduce food waste, both at home, at work or in our businesses and strive to affect change and positively impact our planet.”

Diego Muñoz, Head Chef of Astrid y Gastón, Lima Peru – recently voted #14 Best Restaurant in the World, who is in Australia exclusively for OzHarvest fundraising events until August 3, also participated in a panel discussion around food waste and food sustainability.

“What I found surprising when I went out on the van with OzHarvest to collect and deliver food, was the high quality of the produce that was going to be wasted. Instead OzHarvest was rescuing this food and providing it to people who need it, essentially giving this food another life and making people happy at the same time. It really touched me. Ronni Kahn and her team have created something brilliant, it just makes sense and it’s why I truly support the vision and this cause.”

For more information on OzHarvest or upcoming events featuring Diego Muñoz, please visit www.ozharvest.org

Follow us on Instagram, Twitter @OzHarvest or Facebook or call 1800 108 006

Social media tags: #ozharvest #thinkeatsave @UNEP #SaveFood #UNFAO #FoodWaste @FAOKnowledge @FAOnews @save_food_news @NSW_EPA #LFHW

Thanks to Sydney Event Partners: NSW EPA, Virgin Mobile, Wild Foodies, Sydney Markets, ERM

See our full list of National Supporters here

View our Photo Collection from the events here

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

 

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

Meaghan Kemeny at Liquid Ideas on [email protected] | +61 2 9667 4211 | +61 413 858 818

[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

 

OzHarvest Brisbane adds soulful events to Good Food Month

Posted by on July 12, 2014

OzHarvest Brisbane has been chosen as the charity partner for the inaugural Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi.

Take part in a number of foodie events with soul during the month of July, including the upcoming Think.Eat.Save event to be held at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Monday, 21 July.

Collaborating 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), OzHarvest will be leading the Think.Eat.Save event to raise awareness on global food loss and waste reduction. The event also contributes to the FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme.

Think.Eat.Save Brisbane, which is part of the first-ever Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi program, will see a thousand members of the public served a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from surplus produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill.

Meals served on the day by a number of top Brisbane chefs and OzHarvest volunteers, will be made from surplus or misshapen produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill.

Food waste is currently costing Australians up to $10 billion each year, while two million people still rely on food relief.

Think.Eat.Save Brisbane is a featured event alongside a number of events during Good Food Month.

DATE & TIME: Monday, 21 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm

RSVP via Eventbrite: www.ozharvest.eventbrite.com.au

LOCATION: St Stephen’s Cathedral – 249 Elizabeth St, Brisbane

Good Food Month & OzHarvest event calendar:

Tues, 15 July – Loving Leftovers Dinner @ Wesley House Rooftop, 6pm – 9pm

Local chef Josue Lopez (Exec chef of QAGOMA) showcases recipes from the OzHarvest Cookbook and serve you in a unique rooftop setting with an amazing view of Brisbane’s Town Hall and King George Square. Enjoy a 3-course dinner, meet the team at OzHarvest and learn about their service and why they are so passionate about helping those in need! Cost: $125 Call to book: (07) 3621 2097

Mon, 21 July – Think.Eat.Save @ St Stephen’s Cathedral, 11.30am – 2.30pm

The Think.Eat.Save event, part of the Brisbane Times Good Food Month presented by Citi program, will see thousands of members of the public served a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from surplus produce that would have otherwise ended up as landfill. V8 Supercar Champion and Caltex ambassador, Jamie Whincup will be on hand to serve food throughout the event and will also be driving the OzHarvest van, rescuing and delivering food over the course of the day. Cost: FREE RSVP: ozharvest.eventbrite.com.au

Tues, 29 July – Loving Local Dinner @ OzHarvest Kitchen, 6pm – 9pm

Join OzHarvest and a favourite local chef who will delight your taste buds with an array of fresh produce and locally sourced ingredients during this sharing style dinner! Book your table to enjoy a fun evening with your friends as you share a delicious 3-course meal and learn about the locally sourced ingredients as well as OzHarvest’s work in the community. Cost: $125 Call to book: (07) 3621 2097

Thurs, 17 – Sun, 27 July – Night Noodle Markets @ South Bank, 5pm – 10pm nightly

OzHarvest volunteers will be present at the inaugural Nightly Noodle Markets spreading awareness about food rescue, food waste and sustainability. Say hello!


Follow us on Twitter @OzHarvest or Facebook or call 1800 108 000

Social media: #ozharvest #thinkeatsave @UNEP @goodfoodmonth #brisbane 

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

Sascha Ryner at Liquid Ideas on [email protected] | +61 2 9667 4211 | +61 416 858 419