Icon Water and OzHarvest toast a new partnership on World Food Day

Posted by on October 29, 2018

Icon Water and OzHarvest Canberra have marked World Food Day by signing a new three year partnership.

“As the Capital Region’s water utility and part of the community for over 100 years, Icon Water is pleased to be supporting OzHarvest in their drive to feed those in need,” said Icon Water Managing Director, John Knox.

“Not only is water essential to human life, it is critical to food production. OzHarvest are redirecting food to those who need it and in turn reducing the wastage of both food and water,” he said.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and for the need to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all. “You can’t have food without water. For instance throwing away one burger wastes the same amount of water as a 90-minute shower,” said Dave Burnet, OzHarvest ACT and Territories Manager. “We are pleased that Icon Water shares our desire to help the community”, he said.

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1300 charities supporting people in need across the country.

In the ACT OzHarvest typically rescues between 9,000 and 10,000 kilograms of great produce and nonperishable food every week. Globally, one third of all food produced is lost or wasted. World Food Day events are organised in over 130 countries across the world, making it one of the most celebrated days of the UN calendar.

Icon Water will provide OzHarvest with $18,000 per year for the next three years to support this important community work.

Vikings Group Raises Over $60,000 For OzHarvest Canberra

Posted by on July 23, 2018

A year ago Vikings Group pledged a year of fundraising for their Charity of the Year, OzHarvest Canberra, and earlier this month announced that the Group raised $63,385.

In addition to the $63,385 raised, Vikings Group staff volunteered 152 hours of their time rescuing food and delivering it to those in need in the Canberra community to support OzHarvest in its mission to eliminate hunger and educate the Canberra community about food waste and how to prevent it.

Vikings Group ran a range of fundraising events, including can drives, trivia nights, Yoga events, game day donations throughout the rugby season and a major fundraising gala ball.

After two successful years running the program, Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill says he is proud of the contribution the group has made to the community in such a short period of time.

“The team has once again surpassed expectations, going above and beyond to achieve an incredible fundraising goal for OzHarvest. It’s been a pleasure working alongside Dave and the OzHarvest team,” he says. “We’d also like to thank the Vikings Group Members and the Canberra community, we couldn’t achieve this result without their support.”

Charity of the Year aims to support Canberra charities through fundraising and awareness raising activities, and by building lasting relationships with charities in the region.

“This was an important partnership for us, we always try to be conscious of waste and felt we could do more to support people in our community who might not always have regular meals,” Anthony said.

On average, Australians throw away $8 to $10 billion of food every year, which equates to about $1,036 worth of groceries a year for one household. With these statistics there are still two million people across Australia who rely on food relief every year.

OzHarvest ACT Territories Manager, Dave Burnet, is grateful for all the support over the last 12 months.

“This donation will help us deliver over 120,000 meals! We are very grateful for Vikings’ support and its contribution to the Canberra community,” Dave says.

Charity Cars and OzHarvest Canberra

Posted by on May 1, 2018

We are thrilled to announce a brand new and very generous partnership between The Green Shed and OzHarvest Canberra.

Our friends at The Green Shed run a number of services focused on re-use, recycle and re-purpose. One of them is Charity Cars, a free-service collecting unwanted vehicles for resale or sale as scrap metal. OzHarvest Canberra has been chosen to receive 20% of all vehicles’ sold or scrapped value to help continue the important work they do in the Canberra region.

How does it work?

Charity Cars will collect any vehicle for free anywhere within the ACT and surrounds if the vehicle is accessible and has all four wheels; they also require ownership to be signed off at the time of collection… it’s as easy as that!

If the vehicle collected is considered by Charity Cars to have a resale value higher than its scrap metal value the vehicle will be sold at The Green Shed, Resource Management Centre, Mitchell; if it is deemed as being scrap value only the vehicle will be taken to an accredited recycling facility and sold as scrap metal.

Regardless of the method of disposal 20% of the vehicle’s worth will be donated directly to OzHarvest Canberra to help continue their invaluable work within the Canberra Community.

Charity Cars is a business initiative designed to raise revenue for local charity in an innovative and responsible way. They also seek to promote responsible disposal of unwanted motor vehicles in the Territory as well as to generate sustainable, local employment.

Charity Cars is owned and managed by The Green Shed (TGS), which currently operates out of the reuse and recycling facilities at the Mugga Lane and Mitchell Resource Management Centres in the ACT. TGS has a proven record of community engagement throughout the region. Over the last four years TGS has donated over $610,000 in cash donations to local charities. On top of this they donate regularly to Canberra’s schools and local community enterprises.

Click here for further information & contact details

Charity Cars have also kindly donated a vehicle to assist our Canberra team in their day to day endeavours that help nourish the local community. Meet Manuela, the newest edition to our fleet. Thanks Charity Cars and the Green Shed!


Charity cars

Vikings Group kicking goals for OzHarvest Canberra!

Posted by on September 4, 2017

Vikings Group has pledged to raise $60,000 for OzHarvest over the next 12 months, as well as donate 1000 cans of non-perishable food. The pledge will support OzHarvest in their mission to eliminate hunger and educate the Canberra community about food waste and how to prevent it.

OzHarvest is Vikings’ second Charity of the Year, following on from Red Nose. After a successful first year running the program, Vikings Group CEO Anthony Hill is trilled to continue the growing tradition.

“Providing any help to local charities has been a pleasure for Vikings, we’re grateful to make any difference we can. We chose OzHarvest as our new Charity of the Year because it contributes greatly to the local community, and also touches on key issues such as hunger and food wastage.” Anthony says.

The program will see a variety of initiatives run throughout the year including food drives, Vikings restaurant food donations and game day soup kitchens.

“This is more than just a one off donation, it’s about building a lifelong and strong partnership with a local charity.” Anthony says.

On average, Australians throw away $8-10 billion of food every year, which equates to approximately $1,036 worth of groceries a year for one household. At the same time, there are still two million people across Australia who rely on food relief every year.

OzHarvest operates across Australia, and since 2004, has saved more than 20,000 tonnes of food from waste. Its food rescue initiatives have supported over 900 charities and delivered 60 million meals to those in need.

Dave Burnet, OzHarvest ACT Territories Manager, is grateful for the opportunity to work with Vikings Group and looks forward to the year ahead.

“This is a great opportunity to partner with a fantastic organisation. Vikings’ history in supporting charities such as ours gives us hope that through this partnership we can continue our work amongst the local community, and across Australia,” he said.

Canada 150: A celebration of Canada (and the community!)

Posted by on June 5, 2017

OzHarvest ACT is proud to be part of the Canada 150 Charity Ball to be held at Old Parliament House in Canberra on Canada Day, Saturday July 1, 2017. Presented by Air Canada and CAE it promises to be an inspiring and entertaining night as we celebrate the values of compassion and community spirit shared by Canadians and Australians alike.

All funds raised at the event will support OzHarvest and the Tara Costigan Foundation – two exceptionally worthwhile charities. OzHarvest is a very well-respected and well-known national charity that collects excess food and redistributes it to more than 800 charities across Australia. The Tara Costigan Foundation is a local ACT charity that aims to raise awareness of domestic violence and funds “Tara’s Angels” – social workers who work with victims of domestic violence.

This black-tie ball promises to be an amazing evening with a pre-dinner cocktail reception, a delicious three-course dinner, fabulous entertainment, dancing, and live and silent auctions, with something for everyone.

The Honorary Co-Chairs of the Canada 150 Charity Ball, the High Commissioner of Canada to Australia, His Excellency Paul Maddison and Mrs. Fay Maddison look forward to you joining them to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation.

Tickets can be purchased at Canada150. Individual tickets are $150 and tables of ten can be purchased for $1500. Corporate sponsorship tickets are also available.

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Jobs, smiles and food. Thanks MAX!

Posted by on January 31, 2017

In celebration of an enormously successful 2016 Christmas campaign, MAX Employment Canberra presented a $2,180 donation to OzHarvest Canberra today allowing us to rescue more quality surplus food and help individuals and families in need around Canberra.

The 2016 MAX Employment Christmas campaign placed 436 local Canberra job seekers into work, with $5 for every job seeker placed during the campaign going to OzHarvest Canberra.

OzHarvest Canberra Manager Dave Burnet said the generous donation is critical to their operations.  “This is a great way to start the year. MAX staff raised over $2,000 as a result of their Christmas campaign and this means we can deliver over 4,000 meals to local charities,” Mr Burnet said.  “Without the generosity and hard work of businesses and individuals in the local community, our vans would grind to a halt, and that would mean over 60 charities and programs would miss out on free rescued food. The great thing about donations like this is people can see exactly where their donations are going; straight back into their own backyard, helping people in this great city.”

MAX Employment Regional Manager Joanne Bryce said it’s a great way to help local charities and people as well as the environment by using quality excess food. “The OzHarvest team do fantastic work helping stock the fridges of those in need using food rescued from a range of sources to reduce hunger and food waste,” she said.  “MAX was very happy to be able to contribute money to their cause as part of our successful 2016 Christmas campaign that placed so many job seekers in the region into sustainable work.”

The MAX Employment Christmas campaign resulted in 18,844 placements nationally and more than $94,000 in donations going towards local charities including Rosies, Friends on the Street, Lifeline and Anglicare.

Read more here.

Handover of Cheque donation from MaxSolutions in Tuggeranong Canberra to Oz Harvest.

Handover of cheque donation from MAX Employment Solutions in Tuggeranong Canberra to OzHarvest.


Cooking for a Cause with Accenture

Posted by on July 5, 2016

The team from Accenture joined us for Cooking for a Cause recently at 3seeds Cooking School located in the Fyshwick Markets. Chef and owner Andrew Haskins had the Accenture crew peeling and chopping, slicing and dicing, frying and baking with quality rescued produce and they ended up cooking a mountain of meals for us to deliver to local Canberra charities.

It was a lovely afternoon and it was clear the Accenture staff (some of whom had never met!) enjoyed working together to help the community (and have a huge amount of fun!).

Thanks Accenture and thank you Andrew and Catherine Haskins from 3seeds for helping us feed people in need!

For those interested in participating in a cooking class with purpose and cause, please contact us at: [email protected]



12 months and 150,000 kilos of love!

Posted by on November 19, 2015

Our team hit the ground running in late 2014 and it has been incredibly busy!

Around 150,000 kilograms of beautiful food has been rescued in Canberra, Queanbeyan and Yass to date.

That’s a lot of love to share around!

We now visit around 60 local charities and refuges in the region and to say they are stoked to receive lovely fresh free food is an understatement!

Our heartfelt thanks to all of our supporters who have donated time, funds and food.

You have helped so many in your own backyard!

If you want to get in touch to donate food, time or funds please call us on 02 62476173 and speak to our wonderful team!

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

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