Gold Coast

OzHarvest Gold Coast saves one million kilograms of food from landfill

Posted by on September 28, 2017

The fight against food waste has reached a major milestone this week as OzHarvest Gold Coast rescues its one millionth kilogram of food.  The landmark collection will be made from national partner Woolworths at their Robina store.

Lee Danahay, OzHarvest Gold Coast Manager explained how this staggering amount has been saved from landfill in just four years, thanks to the tremendous support from Woolworths and other businesses donating quality surplus food across the city.

“Food rescue operations have grown rapidly since our 2013 launch from ten donors to more than eighty local businesses, donating an average five tonnes of food each week.  This huge milestone has been made possible in such a short time by working with committed Gold Coast businesses who are passionate about stopping good food going to waste and getting it to people in need.”

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

Woolworths Robina Store Manager, Tony Brajevic added:  “At Woolworths, we are committed to working towards zero food waste to landfill.

“To help meet this commitment, while also supporting the growing need for hunger relief across Australia, 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 on the Gold Coast and nationally, as well as donations of money from our customers, Woolworths has helped OzHarvest to deliver four million meals over the past year.”

Amongst other Gold Coast food donors are Norco, local farmers markets, hotels and the Gold Coast Convention Centre, who have all embraced OzHarvest’s purpose to Nourish our Country, regularly donating nutritious food to allow the equivalent of three million meals to be delivered to more than 70 charities in the Gold Coast area.

With Australian’s throwing out an estimated four 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.

OzHarvest relies on donations to keep their wheels moving.  Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of two meals to people in need. www.ozharvest.org/give-a-little-love/donate-money/

COOKING UP A STORM FOR THOSE IN NEED THIS WINTER

Posted by on July 11, 2016

Numbers excite the staff and partners at WMS Solutions, this week they swapped their suits and calculators for aprons and knives joining local food rescue organization OzHarvest to cook hundreds of meals for people in need.

‘Our Cooking for a Cause sessions help us raise vital funds to keep our vans on the road while offering a rewarding team building experience to businesses wanting to engage their staff in an activity benefitting those in need in their local community. We use food that we’ve rescued from local businesses to create hundreds of wholesome meals which we will then distribute directly to local charities helping people in need,’ OzHarvest Gold Coast manager Lee Danahay.

On Friday (8 July), WMS Solutions and their 33 staff joined OzHarvest to cook in a community kitchen for three hours to produce nutritious meals from quality excess food rescued from supermarkets, wholesalers, hotels and special events. WMS added a hint of healthy competition to the session splitting their staff into teams with a plated presentation and judging by OzHarvest chefs Dave Taylor and Maria Bridgman to add to the fun.

The venue was a hive of activity from start to finish with WMS staff bonding like never before as they chopped, sliced and diced their way through hundreds of kilograms of quality rescued produce under the watchful eye of OzHarvest staff and volunteers. With meal production in full swing from a hearty soup to vegetable fritters and BBQ chicken wings everyone’s culinary skills were put to the test with a sense of purpose and pride knowing their efforts would be appreciated by those receiving these nutritious meals this winter.

WMS Partner, David Hayes, said their staff love supporting OzHarvest knowing how many organisations and people they are helping. ‘Our staff have embraced OzHarvest and they work they do. By supporting OzHarvest we know we are helping hundreds if not thousands of locals doing it tough. On Friday we are taking our support for OzHarvest to the next level by cooking hundreds of meals from food they have rescued. It is humbling to know the food we produce will be shared with people in our community so they can enjoy a hearty hot meal this winter. Cooking for a Cause is a truly enriching experience and we encourage Gold Coast businesses to get their teams involved in supporting OzHarvest.’

Since establishing a presence in Gold Coast City in November (2013), OzHarvest has rescued 600,000 kilograms of food from going into landfill, allowing charities to provide the equivalent of 1.8 millilon meals to those in need. For further information or to book your Cooking for a Cause event contact your local OzHarvest office.