Woolworths raises over $1.2 million for OzHarvest Christmas Appeal

Posted by on January 10, 2019

Thanks to the support of Woolworths customers across Australia, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised enough funds to deliver more than 2,400,000 meals to those that need it most.

OzHarvest founder and CEO, Ronni Khan said; “Christmas is a difficult time for those who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and because of Woolworths and the generosity of their customers we can now deliver so many nutritious meals across Australia to those in need.

Hundreds of thousands of customers supported the Appeal by purchasing 50 cent meal tokens or Woolworths ‘Santa Cookies’, where 50 cents goes directly to OzHarvest. $10 from every Woolworths Insurance policy purchased in December and 50 cents from a full day of online orders, was also donated to OzHarvest.

“This year’s Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised over $1.2 million and helped us deliver over 2.4 million meals, helping to change the lives of so many and allowing them to focus on living sustainable lives.

“We will be able to support the 1,300 charities that rely on OzHarvest for food each year. This number is only growing, and we simply can’t do it without the support of Woolworths.”

Claire Peters, Woolworths Managing Director, said; “The response to this year’s Christmas Appeal has been truly overwhelming.

“On behalf of Woolworths, I want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers. It is through your support and generosity that made it possible to deliver more than 2.4 million meals to those who would otherwise go without.”

Aussie supports Australians in need during Christmas 2017

Posted by on December 7, 2017

Australia’s leading mortgage broker, Aussie Home Loans, has partnered with OzHarvest to support people in need this Christmas.

Hundreds of Aussie’s staff and mortgage brokers have prepared 287 food hampers, donated cash and more than 250 leg hams for OzHarvest, helping to provide around 5,000 meals over the festive period.

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation collecting over 100 tonnes of quality excess food each week from food donors across the country, and delivering to more than 1,000 charities, providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Khan, said “We are delighted to be partnering with Aussie to help families in need this Christmas. Together, we can put much needed food on the table for those who may not know where their next meal is coming from.”

Many of Aussie’s 215 stores across Australia are also participating in Christmas food drives for OzHarvest and making donations to their local charities.

Aussie Chief Executive Officer, James Symond, said “We are in our second year of partnering with OzHarvest and I am proud our staff have become so involved in helping people in need through this great charity.”

For​ ​just​ ​50​ ​cents​ ​help​ ​share​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​for​ ​Aussies​ ​in​ ​need​ ​this​ ​Christmas

Posted by on November 16, 2017

Woolworths customers can share the spirit of Christmas by purchasing a special 50 cent token to help provide a meal for an Australian in need as part of the OzHarvest​ ​Christmas​ ​Appeal.

OzHarvest, Woolworths’ National Fresh Food Rescue Partner, supports more than 1,000 charitable agencies​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​vulnerable​ ​Australians.

With the support of a regular supply of surplus fresh food from Woolworths stores across the country, and from other donors, and by purchasing one token as part of the Christmas appeal, OzHarvest can deliver​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​to​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​needs​ ​it​ ​most.

Recent research by Foodbank shows the demand for food relief has increased by 10 per cent, with more than 3.6 million Australians now experiencing food insecurity each year. Many charity agencies across the country​ ​say​ ​they​ ​could​ ​take​ ​double​ ​the​ ​food​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​demand.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said; “For many families in Australia, Christmas will not mean a nourishing meal and an abundance of joy. Thanks to the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal we can​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​good​ ​food​ ​gets​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need​ ​over​ ​the​ ​festive​ ​season​ ​and​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​ahead.”

All customers need to do is add a 50 cent meal token donation to their shopping at Woolworths or online from now until 24 December, 2017. By placing their name on any tokens purchased and hanging them on the Christmas tree in store, they can show they’ve shared the spirit of Christmas. The more tokens​ ​purchased,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​meals​ ​OzHarvest​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​to​ ​help​ ​feed​ ​Australians​ ​in​ ​need.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters said; “Woolworths and OzHarvest share a common goal of towards zero food waste to landfill. Our partnership not only ensures excess fresh food is​ ​diverted​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need,​ ​​but​ ​also​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​vital​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​be​ ​raised​ ​for​ ​the​ ​organisation.

“We encourage our customers to help provide a meal for someone beyond their direct family and friends this festive season. Simply by donating 50 cents as part of the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, they’ll be supporting the growing need for hunger relief and together we can share the spirit of Christmas.”

The Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal hopes to raise $1 million for the food rescue organisation, which can help provide two million meals for families in need. Last year, Woolworths customers raised over​ ​$750,000,​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​1.5​ ​million​ ​meals.

Woolworths has partnered with OzHarvest since 2015 to help reduce food waste by providing surplus fresh​ ​food​ ​from​ ​their​ ​supermarkets​ ​to​ ​Aussies​ ​who​ ​would​ ​otherwise​ ​go​ ​without.

OzHarvest’s 12 tips for Christmas leftovers

Posted by on December 24, 2016

It’s easy to avoid food waste this Christmas whilst enjoying delicious meals and making your dishes last longer.

Our kitchen magician and master of zero-waste cooking Travis Harvey has developed these 12 simple and tasty tips to help your Christmas leftovers go further:

  • On the first day of Christmas, the leftovers could be … sandwiches or salads stuffed with roast veggies, ham or turkey.
  • On the second day of Christmas, carve all your turkey and ham from the bone … to make sure it stays fresh. Slices of ham and turkey can be frozen in a container for up to 3 months.
  • On the third day of Christmas, some yummy leftovers could be … Xmas pudding bitesize balls, rolled and dipped in melted chocolate and desiccated coconut.
  • On the fourth day of Christmas, a gorgeous soup leftover could be … the ham bone cooked up to make a nutritious pork broth, or use the off cuts for a tasty ham and pea soup.
  • On the fifth day of Christmas, a great tip to avoid leftovers could be … portion control! Use 250g per person as a guide for serving meat, recipes that serve 6 people should feed twice the amount when served buffet style with other dishes.
  • On the sixth day of Christmas, a trifle or dessert tip could be …. serve in small glasses or individual jars, which are easier to store and will last longer than in a big bowl.
  • On the seventh day of Christmas, a great tip for prawns could be … peel before storing, throw them in a stir fry or rice paper rolls, or freeze for up to three months. Also, freeze the shells before disposing to prevent a smelly bin!
  • On the eighth day of Christmas, frozen fruit tips could be … pop your left over fruit salad in the freezer, perfect for adding straight into a breakfast smoothie (always peel bananas before freezing).
  • On the ninth day of Christmas, a tip for roast veggie leftovers could be … combine with ham, eggs, cheese, olive oil and flour to make Boxing Day Breakfast fritters.
  • On the tenth day of Christmas, an amazing leftover toastie could be … ham teamed with camembert or any leftover cheese, add some cranberry sauce for festive flavour!
  • On the eleventh day of Christmas, your leftovers could be … turkey and roast veggies combined with your favourite spices to make a great curry.
  • On the twelfth day of Christmas, your fridge should be empty! Make a list before you go shopping.


Posted by on December 5, 2016

Woolworths has launched the ‘Christmas Table For Good’ campaign, joining forces with food rescue charity OzHarvest to help raise over $1 million to help feed Australians in need.

The campaign will raise funds for OzHarvest through Woolworths stores nationwide, with customers encouraged to buy a $2 token and place it on the Christmas Table For Good.

Each donation can be personalised and will be displayed in-store in the run up to Christmas, with the money set to help put two million meals on the table of those in need.

Woolies xmas tokens

CEO and Founder of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said; “Christmas is very difficult time of year for those struggling to make ends meet. For thousands of families across Australia, Christmas doesn’t mean nourishing meals and an abundance of joy – it means going without. It’s also the busiest time of year for OzHarvest as demand for food far outweighs supply.

“Thanks to our partnership with Woolworths and the generosity of their customers, we can continue our important work and provide an additional two million meals to support people in need.”

Brad Banducci, Woolworths CEO & MD Woolworths Food Group said; “Through the generosity of our customers last year, over $600,000 was raised from the Christmas campaign for OzHarvest. Our aim this year is to significantly increase this figure.

“For just $2 our customers can help put 4 meals on the table to feed Australians in need, making a little bit go a long way.”

The campaign will run from Monday 5th of December until Tuesday 27th December in Woolworths stores nationwide.

‘Tis the season to… make your food go further

Posted by on November 17, 2016

The festive season is a great excuse to create new and delicious recipes for friends and family but new research by KitchenAid has revealed that nine in ten Aussies usually discard more than a quarter of food during the festive season[1].

Last Christmas, eight in ten (81%) Australians spent time in the kitchen cooking a meal from scratch and three quarters (76%) spent up to $250 on food for Christmas Day alone[2]. Despite the amount of time and money spent, the majority of the population (95%) acknowledge they have leftovers.

Commissioned to mark the launch of the new KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender, the research shows that the most common reason (44%) as to why items are binned is because food goes off by the time consumers get to re-use or eat them.

Richard Babekuhl, Marketing Director at KitchenAid Australia and New Zealand, said: “We know leftovers are synonymous with the festive season – the proof is in the leftover Christmas pudding – but it’s shocking that so much food goes to waste.

“Our research shows that although 12% of Australians are convinced there is nothing to get them to use leftovers, having more time and recipe inspiration would help 65%. With this in mind, we’ve teamed up with food rescue organisation, OzHarvest, to create a suite of new recipes, videos and free culinary workshops with OzHarvest Executive Head Chef, Travis Harvey.”

Set in the grounds of Camperdown Commons, an urban farm development, KitchenAid and OzHarvest will host four free culinary masterclasses with Travis on Saturday 19 November:

Workshop 1        10:30am – 10:50am

Workshop 2        11:10am – 11:30am

Workshop 3        11:50am – 12.10pm

Workshop 4        12.30pm – 12.50pm

To register interest, consumers should email [email protected] or call Emma on 9281 3933.

The hands-on masterclasses with Travis will demonstrate new seasonal recipes that people can use to make their food go further using the new KitchenAid Pro Line Series blender. The Pro Line Series blender has been created in collaboration with consumers and industry experts to create the most powerful home blender on the market. With a power dial that takes it to 11 and a 3.5 Peak HP heavy-duty motor, more peak sustained power is delivered at the blades minimising food waste. Its power ensures event the toughest of ingredients are pulverised including whole fruits, nut, seeds, ice and fibrous vegetables.

Travis comments, “Our goal is to help nourish the country whilst educating and engaging with consumers on how to maximise the food they have. We’re delighted to partner with KitchenAid for the launch of the new Pro Line Series blender to help raise awareness of how people can make the most of their Christmas leftovers. We see a spike in excess food during the festive season, so it’s essential we find inventive and delicious ways to make our food go further.”

The most common grocery items and meals thrown away during the festive period include:

  • Dressing, dips and condiments
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Bread, dairy and desserts
  • Meats, including cold meats
  • Seafood

 The top five foods thrown away after Christmas lunch:

  • Salad
  • Gravy or cranberry sauce
  • Stuffing
  • Vegetables
  • Potato and pumpkins



[1] Statistic: 90% of 25-55 year olds indicate they discard more than a quarter of food during the festive season.

[2] Statistic: 76% of Australians spend up to $250 on Christmas Day food alone – excluding alcohol.

OzHarvest Tree of Goodness back in Adelaide Central Market

Posted by on December 12, 2014

Starting on the 18th of December, the OzHarvest Tree of Goodness will be back in the Adelaide Central Market to spread the OzHarvest love with Christmas shoppers during the ‘seven days of goodness’ before Christmas.

The Tree of Goodness is a fun way for market-goers to share some ‘food love’ this season – decorating The Tree during the last Market trading days before Christmas helps to put nutritious food on the tables of people in Adelaide that need it.

We will have a brightly coloured market stall where people can visit the Tree of Goodness, donate or purchase a Christmas gift and help to decorate the tree with yellow. For every item purchased or donation made, a decoration will be added to the tree, highlighting the number of meals contributed.

“Absolutely every dollar counts. Every dollar donated means we can deliver two more meals for men, women and children in our community who are doing it tough” said Hayley Everuss, State Manager of OzHarvest.

The aim of the Tree of Goodness is to make it easy for market-goers to embrace their generous spirit and help to nourish their community this season.

“It’s a bit of fun and it’s also very visual, you can literally see the tree becoming more and more festive in response to community goodwill,” Hayley added.

The OzHarvest Tree of Goodness market stall will be located next to SAMTASS at the Gouger Street end of the Market from Thursday morning 18 December until Christmas Eve. Market-goers can chat with volunteers in OzHarvest yellow, make a donation or purchase one of the items available which make fabulous Christmas gifts that keep on giving.

Items available for purchase include the newly released OzHarvest Cookbook ‘Urban Harvest’ which includes recipes from 50 top Australian chefs, as well as OzHarvest Tea Towels, Shopping Bags, Aprons, Key rings and – new this year – Gingerbread Cookies in the shape of a little OzHarvest food truck.

Thank you so much to the Adelaide Central Market and the stallholders for their ongoing support. Since we started collecting food surplus from the Market in June 2011 they have delivered more than 100,000 meals to people in need.

We look forward to seeing you all in the Market in the days leading up to Christmas to spread the OzHarvest love and season’s greetings!