Great Food Rescue Race

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!

For more details on the race visit: www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au

For photos from the day visit: https://www.facebook.com/ozharvest/posts/10155620638606539

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.

 

Great Food Rescue Race raises over $70,000

Posted by on November 15, 2016

Adelaide CBD was a buzz of activity as twenty teams from local businesses raced to the finish line in The Great Food Rescue Race. The day was packed with creative cooking, food rescue and tasting challenges, teamwork tests and fundraising goals. Over $70,000 was raised which will help OzHarvest provide 140,000 meals to people in need.

Beating the heat, competitors got stuck into making sauerkraut from surplus cabbage at Adelaide Central Markets, creating a recipe book at Common Ground, identifying foraged food at The Henry Austin, blindfolded mindful eating at the Hilton, rescuing food from OTR outlets and conjuring up Christmas leftover ideas using South Australian produce.

OzHarvest SA State Manager, Hayley Everuss, says the second Great Food Rescue Race was a great success and the fundraising efforts of each team was truly phenomenal.

“The Great Food Rescue Race is fast-paced, exciting and inspiring for all involved. Although it’s a day of fun, it highlights the importance of redistributing surplus food to help people in need. Thanks to all the teams who took part today, OzHarvest will be able to provide 140,000 meals to vulnerable Australians” said Hayley.

There were three winning categories, which included:

  • Highest fundraisers – OTR’s Awesome Golden Whoppers
  • Highest point score – Woolworths Southern Champions
  • Fastest team – Woolworths Southern Champions

Team Haycom competitor, Adam Chesters who raced in a full body yellow lycra suit, said every team challenge was fun and educational. “We tasted green ants, it was incredible and I never fully appreciated the sheer quantity of food wasted each year, a staggering 4 million tonnes ends up in landfill,” said Adam.

After an exhausting race, competitors, volunteers and event supporters enjoyed delicious South Australian food generously donated by Saskia Beer and prepared by OzHarvest’s Nourish students while listening to amazing live music from Angela Easson.

Proud partners of this year’s event include South Australia’s largest private company OTR, Nova Entertainment, Bigwig Advertising & Digital, Haycom and Tucker’s Natural. Supporting partners include, Adelaide Central Market, Hilton Adelaide, Kytons Bakery, EcoCaddy, Santos, Hither & Yon, Lobethal Bierhaus, Brand SA and Channel 44.

www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au.

The Great Food Rescue Race Media Release

Posted by on November 1, 2016

Almost 200 people from local businesses and the Adelaide community will team up to put their foodie and fitness skills to the test at The Great Food Rescue Race on Friday 4 November, starting and finishing at Victoria Square (CBD).  Teams will race between iconic food establishments competing in various cooking, nutrition and food rescue challenges, to help raise funds for OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity.

Now in its second year, the Great Food Rescue Race is signature event in South Australia, involving TV personalities from popular cooking shows, My Kitchen Rules winner Bree May, Masterchef contestant Jessie Spiby and host of SA Life, Rosa Matto. FiveAA radio hosts Michael Keelan and Mark Aiston will be there as event MC’s.

OzHarvest SA State Manager, Hayley Everuss, says the event is a great day of fun and games, but also highlights an important message about food waste and sustainability. “The Great Food Rescue Race is fast-paced, exciting and inspiring for all involved, it celebrates Adelaide’s food culture, puts teamwork to the test and raises much needed funds for OzHarvest.”

“Teams will be challenged to learn more about food security and homelessness, whilst giving back to the community.  The race is designed to embrace food, community, sustainability, collaboration and fun!” said Hayley.

Twenty teams will race to the finish line, where delicious South Australian food generously donated by Saskia Beer and prepared by OzHarvest’s Nourish students will be served.  Angela Easson will be performing live music for all to enjoy

Proud partners of this year’s event include South Australia’s largest private company OTR who will enter five teams, Nova Entertainment, Bigwig, Haycom and Tucker’s Natural.  Supporting partners include, Adelaide Central Market, Hilton Adelaide, Kytons Bakery, EcoCaddy, Santos, Hither & Yon, Lobethal Bierhaus, Brand SA and Channel 44.

Anyone can get behind the event by supporting their favourite team and donating to OzHarvest, every $1 raised means OzHarvest can deliver the equivalent of two meals to people in need. .

 

What:              

Great Food Rescue Race presented by OzHarvest

When:

Friday 4 November, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Where:            

Victoria Square (South) and the CBD (start and finish)

 

For more information go to www.greatfoodrescuerace.com.au.

Social media tags: @ozharvestSA #GreatFoodRescueRace

For more media information, images or interviews with OzHarvest, partners or TV personalities please contact:
Grace McCarthy at Liquid Ideas on [email protected] | +61 2 9667 4211 | +61 422 558 112

Fiona Nearn at OzHarvest on [email protected] | +61 2 9516 3877 | +61 405 588186

 

LIST OF REGISTERED TEAMS:

Clipsal 500  – The Kool Kids

KESAB – Resource Recovers

OTR – Amazing Sandwich Stars

OTR – Absolutely Incredible Subway Southeasters,

OTR – Awesome Golden Whoppers,

OTR – Asian Delicacies – Wokinabox Style

OTR – Astoundingly Fast Foodies

Aussie – Team Aussie

Maxima – Team Maxima

SA Power Networks – Team SAPN

People’s Choice Credit Union  – People’s Choice

Woolworths – Faster Fresher Group

Woolworths – Southern Champions

Woolworths – Fresh Food Flyers

Hessel Group – Hessel Heroes

Bigwig  – Bigwig

Haycom – Haycom

University of Adelaide – UofA Seek Bite

Housing Industry Association – HIA “T” Ladies

 

ABOUT OZHARVEST:

OzHarvest has been operating in Adelaide for more than five years, saving over 1.7 million kilograms of good food from landfill and delivering over 5 million meals to vulnerable communities around the state.

 

The network of 240 volunteers and 15 staff work tirelessly collecting food from 160 donors and delivering it to 125 charitable agencies that feed people in need.

 

OzHarvest operates nationally in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth and in regional communities via its REAP by OzHarvest program.

 

FOOD WASTE FACTS:

  • $8-10 billion dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial and residential waste[1]
  • Four million tonnes of food ends up as landfill[2]
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $1,036 worth of groceries per household each year[3]
  • Over 644,000 people now receive food relief each month, one third are children[4]

[1] https://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/pages/25e36a8c-3a9c-487c-a9cb-66ec15ba61d0/files/factsheet-food-waste_0.pdf

[2] https://www.environment.gov.au/topics/environment-protection/nwp/reporting/organic-waste

[3] NSW EPA Food waste avoidance benchmark study (2012)

[4] FoodBank Hunger Report 2016 https://www.foodbank.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Foodbank-Hunger-Report-2016.pdf

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…)