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OzHarvest Newcastle Delivers Over Five Million Meals

Posted by on September 25, 2018

The fight against food waste has reached a major milestone as OzHarvest Newcastle delivered the equivalent of over five million meals to Hunter residents, using over 1.7 million kilograms of rescued food.

Chris Rowntree, OzHarvest Newcastle City Manager, explained how this staggering amount was delivered in eight years, thanks to the tremendous support from food donors and sponsors across the region.

“Food rescue operations have grown steadily since OzHarvest Newcastle commenced in 2010. Last year with the support of nib foundation, a third van was added to the fleet which helped us deliver our five millionth meals sooner than we expected,” said Mr Rowntree.

“With over 100 regular food donors we are collecting and delivering on average 6,500 kilograms of nutritious food every week. We are supported by local businesses and sponsors who are as passionate about preventing quality food going to waste and delivering it to people in need as we are,” he said.

nib foundation, Executive Officer, Amy Tribe said they were proud to have helped increase the capacity of OzHarvest in the Hunter region to meet an ever growing demand for food relief.

“Each day thousands of the Hunter region’s most vulnerable residents are able to enjoy a meal thanks to the incredible work of OzHarvest Newcastle and its team of volunteers,” Ms Tribe said.

“It’s an amazing local success story that we’ve been proud to support since its establishment in 2010. We look forward to being a part of their ongoing growth as they continue to help improve the health and wellbeing of those most at risk in our community,” she added.

Food donors include supermarkets, local clubs, restaurants, cafes, hotels, wholesalers, schools, farmers and local producers. All food donors and sponsors have embraced OzHarvest’s purpose to Nourish our Country, regularly donating nutritious food which is delivered to more than 100 charities across the Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Cessnock, Maitland and Port Stephens LGAs.

Australians throw out an estimated four million tonnes of food each year costing the nation $20 billion annually. OzHarvest and their 3,000 food donors nationwide are playing a vital role in addressing this issue.

Local Community Rallies For OzHarvest’s New Home

Posted by on August 22, 2018

Over seventy Coffs Harbour community members, including the Mayor and two local members, joined to celebrate the grand opening of a new Coffs warehouse at Druitt Court on Friday 10th August.

OzHarvest Coffs Harbour Chapter Coordinator, Julie Ferguson is over the moon with their new home, which has been made possible by overwhelming support from the Coffs community. “Thanks to the generosity of Anthony Jeffcott who has donated the warehouse for up to five years rent free, complete with a cool room and wet area funded by the EPA. We now have a fantastic new home, with the essentials to help grow the local chapter and rescue more food.”

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn thanked community members and supporters who have helped OzHarvest’s journey in Coffs Harbour. “Julie has done a fantastic job establishing food rescue in Coffs Harbour. In just four years she has grown the local chapter from delivering food in her own car to rallying the community to raise funds for a van and new warehouse! Along with her team of passionate volunteers, she has delivered over 600,000 meals to help feed vulnerable people in the local community.”

Julie and Ronni were joined by special guests from the community, including OzHarvest volunteers, long-time community supporters, food donors, local members Luke Hartsuyker and Andrew Fraser, and Mayor of Coffs Harbour, Denise Knight for a ribbon cutting ceremony and invitation-only event on Friday, August 10th at midday at Coffs Harbour OzHarvest 2/3 Druitt Court, Coffs Harbour, NSW.

OzHarvest Coffs Harbour started in 2014 and rescues quality food for more than 55 charity partners in the local community. The committed team of 20 volunteers has rescued more than 202 tonnes of food from over 50 caring food donors, including Woolworths, Harbourside Markets, other local food stores and farmers and growers in surrounding region. It receives wonderful support from Coff’s City Council, The Coffs Business Women’s Network, various Rotary clubs, many churches and community care-groups and small businesses that simply care about improving local food waste and hunger.

If you are interested in becoming an OzHarvest volunteer, food or financial donor, charity partner or just a ‘fan’ we would love to hear from you!

Phone: 0421 430 175
Email: [email protected]

Pathfinders Fifth Annual Pumpkin Run

Posted by on June 28, 2018

You know winter is here when 10 tonnes of pumpkins arrive on your doorstep!  The fifth annual Pumpkin Run initiated by New England Youth Organisation – Pathfinders – took place last week.  A team of young people joined OzHarvest staff and chefs in the kitchen to transform the pumpkins (grown at Pathfinders’ Tilbuster Station working farm, near Armidale) into delicious hot meals to feed people in need.

By the end of the day, seven crates were filled with over 8,000 meals including a heart-warming pumpkin soup and a huge delivery of sliced pumpkins filled the shelves of The OzHarvest Market in Kensington. Everyone had great fun, chopping, slicing, dicing and stirring and feeling a sense of pride giving back to the community.

OzHarvest WA saves two million kilograms of food from landfill

Posted by on June 28, 2018

The fight against food waste reached a major milestone in May as OzHarvest WA rescued its two millionth kilogram of food since launching in December 2014. The landmark collection was made from national partner Woolworths at their Subiaco Square store.

Jennifer Keen, OzHarvest WA State Manager explained how this staggering amount had been saved from landfill in just over three years, thanks to the tremendous support from Woolworths and other businesses donating quality surplus food across the city.

“Our rescued food program has grown rapidly since WA operations began in late 2014, with more than 200 local businesses donating an average of 20 tonnes of food each week. This huge milestone has been made possible by working with Woolworths and other Perth businesses committed to stopping good food going to waste and getting it to people in need.”

“Saving two million kilograms of food from landfill is also significant for the environment as it equates to over four million kilograms of carbon emissions which create harmful greenhouse gases contributing to climate change.”

Woolworths Subiaco Square Store Manager, Inder Toor said Woolworths is committed to reducing food waste to landfill.

“To help meet this commitment we are proud to partner with OzHarvest to ensure the food that cannot be sold in our supermarkets goes to feeding people in need.

“Through the donation of food rescued from our stores in Perth and nationally, as well as donations of money from the business and our customers, Woolworths is committed to OzHarvest’s national expansion. We’re proud to have helped OzHarvest WA to deliver millions of meals over the past year.”

Other local food donors include the new Optus Stadium and Brownes Dairy who have all embraced OzHarvest’s purpose to Nourish our Country, regularly donating nutritious food to allow the equivalent of two million meals to be delivered to more than 80 charities across Perth and the Greater Metropolitan region.

With Australians throwing out an estimated five million tonnes of food each year costing the nation $20 billion annually, OzHarvest and their 3,000 food donors are playing a vital role in addressing this issue.

Food Fighter Film Featuring Ronni in cinemas from June 7

Posted by on May 24, 2018

FOOD FIGHTER, the inspirational story of one Australian woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste, will be released in Event and Village Cinemas from June 7.

Filmed over two years and across four continents, FOOD FIGHTER follows Ronni’s crusade against the global food waste scandal, partnering with the United Nations in Bangkok, rubbing shoulders with British royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut in London, and holding the government to account in Australia.

To celebrate the cinema release Ronni Kahn and Food Fighter director Dan Goldberg will attend a series of special event Q&A screenings between June 7 – June 17. Ticketing information for these Q&As can be found below.

National Tour with Ronni Kahn and Dan Goldberg
  • Thursday 7 June 6pm
Village Rivoli (Melbourne) Buy tickets
  • Friday 8 June, 6pm
Village Bendigo* Buy tickets
  • Saturday 9 June, 3pm
Village Geelong* Buy tickets
  • Sunday 10 June, 6:30pm
Event Innaloo (Perth) Buy tickets
  • Monday 11 June, 6:30pm
Event Marion (Adelaide) Buy tickets
  • Tuesday 12 June, 6pm
Village Cinemas Albury* Buy tickets
  • Wednesday 13 June, 6:30pm
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra) Buy tickets
  • Thursday 14 June, 6:30pm
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast) Buy tickets
  • Friday 15 June, 6:30pm
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coast) Buy tickets
  • Saturday 16 June, 6:30pm
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane) Buy tickets
  • Sunday 17 June, 6:30pm
Event Cairns City (Cairns) Buy tickets

*Q&A with Dan Goldberg only

Between June 16 – 20 Food Fighter will also have a limited release at the following cinemas:

Event Bondi Junction
Event Macquarie
Event Castle Hill
Event Tuggerah
Event Townsville
Event Innaloo (Perth)
Event Marion (Adelaide)
Event Pacific Fair (Gold Coast)
Event Indooroopilly (Brisbane)
Event Cairns City (Cairns)
GU Shellharbour
GU Cronulla
GU Newcastle
BCC Maroochydore (Sunshine Coat)
Capital Cinemas Manuka (Canberra)
BCC Darwin City
BCC Mackay City
BCC Toowoomba Strand
BCC Coffs Harbour
BCC Lismore

Click here to buy tickets at Event, BCC or Greater Union Cinemas

Village Albury
Village Rivoli
Village Bendigo.

Click here to buy tickets at Village Cinemas

Leaving a nourishing legacy with a bequest for OzHarvest

Posted by on March 12, 2018

One day OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn was stopped in the street by a woman who wanted to say a simple thank you. Not recognising her, Ronni replied, “Oh, thank you, but what did I do?” The woman talked about her son who for many years struggled at school. Times were hard at home and she found it difficult to make ends meet. This all changed, however, when they started to receive good food from OzHarvest. Her son could concentrate at school and only recently had just gone to university!

Sadly, there are over three million Australians who suffer from food insecurity every year, a quarter of them children.

If someone in your family was struggling to put food on the table or if one of your grandchildren was going to school or bed hungry, you would do something about it.

There are many people though who do not have the love, care and security of a family to help. Instead they rely on food relief and charity support. As Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest helps provide comfort in the form of fresh, nutritious food rescued from supermarkets, cafes, delis, airlines, restaurants and manufacturers across the country.

Every week OzHarvest rescues over 100 tonnes of food and redistributes it to over 1,000 charities. To date over 75 million meals have been delivered to help fill hungry bellies. It may be hard to believe in ‘the lucky country,’ but food relief is a serious issue and many charity agencies say they could take double the amount of food to meet demand.

‘Nourishing our Country’ is the driving purpose of OzHarvest, along with protecting the environment and ensuring a sustainable future for the next generation. It’s impossible to learn and grow without consistent access to good food.

OzHarvest driver, Paul Keane has been delivering rescued food from airlines to schools for their Breakfast Clubs that help feed vulnerable students. The kids absolutely love the fresh juice and mini muesli bars and they run to greet him with beaming smiles when he arrives in his yellow OzHarvest van.

You can help stop good food going to waste and make sure it gets to people in need by leaving a gift to OzHarvest in your will. By becoming an OzHarvest Guardian, your legacy will nurture and protect the next generation and help OzHarvest ‘Nourish our Country’ when you are no longer here.

If you are thinking of leaving a bequest but aren’t sure what the options are, be reassured that there are many ways you can leave a gift. A few examples that may suit your individual circumstances include:

  • A specific sum of cash
  • A percentage of your estate
  • A gift of real estate or other specific bequest
  • An investment such as stocks, bonds, shares or an artwork
  • A residual gift (the balance of your estate after all other provisions have been met)

As an OzHarvest Guardian, your special gift will make a lasting difference and it doesn’t have to be large to make a valuable impact. For just one dollar, OzHarvest can provide two meals to people in need. By leaving a gift in your will, you will be giving children and their families hope for a healthier, happier future.

If you’d like further information on leaving a bequest or gift in your will to OzHarvest please contact our team on 1800 108 006 or [email protected]

You can download information on suggested language for leaving a gift to OzHarvest in your will here.

Thank you for your 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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A new lease of life for the OzHarvest Market

Posted by on October 10, 2017

The OzHarvest Market in Sydney, Australia’s first surplus food market, will remain open well into 2018 thanks to property owners TOGA extending our lease!

The extension means we can keep providing rescued food for people doing it tough and spreading awareness of the need to reduce food waste. Incredibly, in just 5 months since the OzHarvest Market opened its doors it’s received enough donations to enable OzHarvest to provide an extra 100,000 meals to people in need!

The OzHarvest Market is Australia’s first ever rescued food market, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste, but is perfectly edible. Based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ philosophy, our purpose is to make rescued food available to everyone, especially those who need it most.

If you want to be part of this amazing project we’re always looking for volunteers who can donate their time regularly to help keep the doors open. Please get in touch with us on [email protected] to find out more and get involved!

For more info on the OzHarvest Market including location and opening hours click here.

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 Brisbane Deliver Their 7.5 Millionth Meal

Posted by on May 23, 2017

OzHarvest Brisbane are excited to announce that they have just delivered over seven and a half million meals to Australians in need.

As of the 23rd May, 2017 OzHarvest Brisbane have collected 2486 tonnes of food from donors all over Brisbane, and delivered them to over 100 charities. This equates to 7.5 million meals.

OzHarvest Queensland Manager Amy Cobb is thrilled about achieving this milestone.

“We are just so excited about reaching 7.5 million meals. Our team have been working extremely hard, especially over the last couple of weeks. We have had the CEO Cook Off, fundraising events in Cairns with 10,000 people in attendance, as well as five trucks on the road. It’s all happening right now,” she said.

The seventh millionth meal was delivered by driver Sam Wilson to A Touch of Compassion charity.

A Touch of Compassion is an organisation founded by Chris and Angela Chapman, who take the food provided by OzHarvest, and put on free community dinners every Sunday in Forest Lake.

OzHarvest relies on donations to keep their wheels moving, to support this worthy cause visit Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of two nutritious meals to people in need.