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 www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au! 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.

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…)


Posted by on March 9, 2016

Media release 

8 March 2016

Celebrating its fifth-year milestone, the OzHarvest CEO CookOff has raised a record $1.5 million, with funds still climbing.

This year the CEO CookOff was back bigger and better, taking place at a stunning new location in Sydney, The Cutaway at Barangaroo, and launching in Brisbane for the first time ever at the Royal International Convention Centre.

Monday night (7 March) saw 152 business leaders pair up with 50 of Australia’s top chefs to cook for more than 1,100 homeless and vulnerable Australians in Sydney and 300 guests in Brisbane.

Australia’s most influential business leaders including Aussie CEO James Symond, Woolworths’ Marketing Director Andrew Hicks, Barangaroo Delivery Authority CEO Craig van der Laan, HOSTPLUS CEO David Elia, TFE Hotels CEO Rachel Argaman, Executive Director of Macquarie Sheryl Weil, Tom Wiley CEO Wiley & Co and StarTrack CEO Bob Black swapped their boardroom politics for aprons and chopping boards to raise money for this unique event.

His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley AC DSC (Ret’d), Governor of New South Wales and Mrs Hurley joined Chef Rob Cockerill of Bennelong in the kitchen, plating up bruschetta and preparing grilled chicken thighs with chimichurri sauce and barbecued pickles for guests.

The exceptional cooks’ line up included top 3 chef fundraisers Matt Moran, Neil Perry AM, and Guillaume Brahimi in Sydney who raised a combined $118,103 and in Brisbane, Ben O’Donoghue and Dominique Rizzo along with 8 other chefs, all teamed up with CEOs, business leaders and politicians to create a pop up restaurant with a combined 42 Chef’s Hats.

This year, the event saw a focus on supporting Indigenous communities with a donation made to Marr’ma Rom Foundation on the night to empower the next generation of young men from North East Arnhem Land. High profile Indigenous chefs, Clayton Donovan and Mark Olive created beautiful dishes using native Australian ingredients.

On stage at Barangaroo MC Larry Emdur kept guests entertained, with moving performances from the Bangarra Dance Theatre, an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation and one of Australia’s leading performing arts companies and the talents of two special Australian solo singer/songwriters, North-East Arnhem Land’s own Yirrmal and Australian favourite Sarah Blasko. Western GuGuYelanji songman Troy Brady performed for the well-fed Brisbane crowd.

The OzHarvest CEO CookOff is the food-rescue organisation’s flagship annual event, aimed at increasing awareness of food security, homelessness and food wastage in Australia. Since its inception in 2012, the annual event has now raised more than $5.5 million dollars for charity.

OzHarvest founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said funds raised in 2016 will allow her organisation to deliver at least three million additional meals to those in need and expand its nutrition, education and hospitality training program.

 “Food is all about caring, sharing, dignity and respect. It’s an equaliser and a connector and that’s what this event is about – giving and love” said Ronni Kahn.

“Last night we brought together CEOs and Senior Business Leaders from some of Australia’s leading companies and chefs from Australia’s top restaurants to break bread and share a meal with 1,400 people most vulnerable in our community. The magnificent generosity that is out there fills my heart with joy.”

James Symond, CEO of Aussie, having raised over $110,000 for the charity said, “This event was a humbling and inspiring experience for me. To be able to cook and serve meals and really connect with people doing it tough reminded me that we have a role to play as business leaders – to support those who are vulnerable. I thank my donors for getting behind me, and supporting this wonderful cause.”

For Official Event Photography please visit: https://flickr.com/photos/ceocookoff

Donations open until March 31, visit www.ceocookoff.com.au


For interview opportunities with chefs, entertainers or CEOs please contact:

Juliana Sedgers at Liquid Ideas | [email protected] | 02 9667 4211| 0424 655 340

Louise Tran at OzHarvest | [email protected] | 02 9516 3877 | 0466 620 744


Connect with us via LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter @OzHarvest or Facebook

Get social by using the hashtag #CEOCookOff


The OzHarvest CEO CookOff 2016 is proudly supported by Woolworths, Hostplus, Barangaroo, Clorox, Bangarra Dance Theatre, Wesley Mission Brisbane and a number of generous supporters: www.ceocookoff.com.au/about/partners




Posted by on June 19, 2015

OzHarvest, as the official Australian partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is privileged to be part of the UNEP global campaign against food waste – THINK.EAT.SAVE.

On Monday 27th July, OzHarvest will hold, for the third year, THINK.EAT.SAVE simultaneously around Australia in; Brisbane, Canberra, Goldcoast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Sydney and here in Adelaide. (more…)

CEO CookOff is back! Monday, 2 March 2015 – Registrations Open

Posted by on January 9, 2015



OzHarvest is excited to invite CEOs and Senior Business Leaders to participate in the 2015 CEO CookOff! This is an opportunity for the business community to role model purposeful social responsibility and to engage employees in support of a meaningful cause.

Now in its fourth year, this initiative brings together CEOs, celebrity chefs and vulnerable Australians and puts the spotlight on crucial issues facing our community, including food security, homelessness youth in crisis and sustainability.

Thanks to the incredible fundraising efforts of hundreds of CEOs, the generosity of our Chefs and the community, the CEO CookOff has raised over $3 million for OzHarvest and other Australian charities.

The 2015 CEO CookOff will take place at Carriageworks in Bays 22-24, a rustically styled building which provided a spectacular backdrop for the event. www.carriageworks.com.au.

Participants will be teamed and paired with a celebrated chef, who will guide them in the preparation of a meal. CEOs will experience a first-hand connection with those in need by serving food and enjoying a meal together with our guests – those who receive the food that we collect daily.

Registration for the 2015 CEO CookOff is $1,500 and is open on the CEO CookOff website www.ceocookoff.com.au.

CEO CookOff Event Details:

Date:                     Monday, 2 March 2015

Time:                    From 5.30pm

Venue:                  Carriageworks, 245 Wilson St, Eveleigh, NSW (Bays 22-24)

Fee:                       $1,500

Registration:      www.ceocookoff.com.au

Contact:               1800 108 006 / [email protected]

Each year, this uniquely inspiring event has shown the spirit of compassion, human kindness, generosity and a desire to help vulnerable Australians is well and truly alive in our community. We hope you can help us make a difference by registering for the 2015 CEO CookOff and make it our biggest event yet!




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!

OzHarvest teams up with the UN to address food and nutrition security and sustainable food systems

Posted by on July 12, 2014

For the second year running, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest is partnering with the United Nations to tackle the issues of food and nutrition security and sustainable food systems at the upcoming Think.Eat.Save events to be held across the country 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 campaign in Australia to raise awareness on global food loss and waste reduction. The events also contribute to the FAO-UNEP Sustainable Food Systems Programme.

Some of the nation’s top chefs, politicians and celebrities will unite at events held across Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle to take a stance against food waste, and serve thousands of 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 2014 is 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 along the way.

Our modern day challenge is to create a sustainable food culture that can be shared by all, where we waste less at all levels of food production, distribution and consumption.

Each and every one of us can make a pledge to reduce food waste by participating in local Think.Eat.Save events, and also commit to reducing food waste at home. Small actions can affect change and united, our actions will make a huge positive impact on our planet. – Ronni Kahn.

In the next few years, food consumption is expected to increase by around 30 per cent due to population growth, while the effects of climate change are expected to reduce agricultural yields by up to 5 per cent in some areas. We do know, however, that cutting the rate of food loss and waste in half by 2050 would close 20 per cent of this food gap.

To bring about the vision of a truly sustainable world, we need to transform the way we produce and consume our food, which effectively means the way we consume our natural resources. This is what we at UNEP and our partners like OzHarvest are striving to influence with the Think.Eat.Save campaign and we thank OzHarvest for continuing to champion the campaign in Australia and beyond. – Naysan Sahba, Director of Communications of UNEP

A number of leaders and experts in the field of food waste, sustainability and food and nutrition security will debate these issues in a panel discussion at the Sydney and Adelaide events.

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

RSVP & PLEDGE HERE: www.ozharvest.eventbrite.com.au


  • Sydney event: Martin Place, Sydney
  • Adelaide event: The University of Adelaide, Adelaide
  • Brisbane event: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane
  • Melbourne event: Federation Square, Melbourne
  • Newcastle event: Hunter St Mall, Newcastle

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

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, or panel experts 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

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.
  • 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.
  • Australia produces enough food to feed approx. 60 million people, yet two million people still rely on food relief every year.
  • 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.

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.
  • 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).
  • 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.
  • 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 – Think.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 www.thinkeatsave.org

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: www.fao.org

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: www.fao.org/save-food

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: https://www.savefood.net/

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: https://www.fao.org/ag/ags/sustainable-food-consumption-and-production/en

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 Challenge9 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 report12.