OzHarvest Newcastle

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.

OzHarvest Newcastle adds third food rescue vehicle to fleet thanks to NAB & AHG

Posted by on October 31, 2017

OzHarvest Newcastle recently added a third food rescue vehicle to our fleet thanks to our friends at NAB Business Banking & AHG, Australia’s largest automotive group. OzHarvest Newcastle has delivered the equivalent of nearly half a million meals to those in need in Newcastle and the Hunter region and the new van will allow the team to deliver even more.

AHG donated $40,000 and the NAB staff held two fundraising events in support of OzHarvest donating $35,000! A massive thank you too to George at Steve Koulis Smash Repairs who painted the new van OzHarvest yellow and who has painted all of our vehicles over the years free of charge!

nab golf day March 2017

Over $100,000 raised for OzHarvest Newcastle!

Posted by on October 18, 2017

$103,955.00 was raised at our Seven Successful Years of OzHarvest in Newcastle fundraising luncheon! OzHarvest Newcastle Manager, Monique Maguire, and the team were overwhelmed by the support and generosity in the room at the sensational Merewether Surfhouse. The funds will help OzHarvest Newcastle continue its work rescuing surplus food to feed local people in need.

With Mother Nature turning on the sunshine, OzHarvest founder & CEO, Ronni Kahn joined 150 guests for a spectacular five course meal prepared by five amazing Newcastle chefs who generously donated their time: Daintree Barramundi with a spicy, sweet miso and soy poached daikon with pickled ginger; oven roast chicken with jerusalem artichoke; beef cheeks in red wine, celeriac, green peppercorns and pickled bombini garden turnips; mulberries, honeycomb, fig leaf cream and meringue.

Thank you to the amazing chefs Ryan Baird of Merewether Surfhouse and Parry St Garage; Leigh Boys from Scratchleys and Battlesticks At Scratchleys; Troy Rhoades-Brown from Muse Restaurant and Muse Kitchen; Cameron Cansdell from Bombini and Fish Dining; and Gareth Williams from Restaurant Mason.

Live auctions, conducted by the fantastic Jason Maxwell (Raine & Horne Newcastle & Stockton), saw lots of spirited bidding raising valuable funds!

To the wonderful suppliers who donated their incredible produce, products or talents to make this event possible, thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support, love and generosity:
Merewether Surfhouse; Little Hill FarmNewcastle Greens; EWH Food Services; Samuel Smith & Sons; Tyrrell’s WinesFirst Creek WinesScarborough Wine CoPeacock Hill VineyardPooles Rock Winery, Hunter ValleyTooheysShane’s SeafoodBibina FoodsLario Food and Wine CoCoastal Providores; Red Funnel Fisheries Newcastle Pty.ltd.; Peter Herd Florist; Newcastle Wholesale Fruit & Vegetables; T and F All StatesAndrews Meat Industries; Musicians Paul Carroll, Mick Kiely and Shawn; Vittoria Coffee; Woolworths; Newcastle Jets FC; Brown Brothers Winerynib foundationSalty ShadowsTimothy MontgomeryAR Legal & Mediation; students from Hunter TAFE; behind the scenes staff at Surfhouse and Scratchleys; and of course the wonderful and generous Neil Slater.

Thank you to all of our guests for making the event a huge success and lots of fun. See you next year!

Hunter Water supports OzHarvest with Charity Partnership Program

Posted by on August 14, 2017

Hunter Water recently introduced a Charity Partnership Program where three local organisations are voted by staff to participate. OzHarvest was chosen as the first charity for 2017. You may have noticed our logo and messaging on your last water bill!

As part of the program, the staff at the various depots held OzSizzle BBQ’s and for every dollar donated by staff, Hunter Water matched it. We would like to thank Hunter Water, Mel Hole and all of the staff for the amazing support we received and for the fabulous gifts that were donated.

We received a brand new marquee, two tables, two chairs, two hydration stations and two hand washing stations plus a donation that will allow us to deliver nearly 3,000 meals to locals in need.

Awesome job Hunter Water!

Hunter Water - donated handwashing stations Hunter Water - donated hydration stations

7th Annual Golf Day a success

Posted by on March 23, 2017

On Friday, 10 March 2017 the seventh annual Combined Suppliers Charity Golf Day supporting OzHarvest Newcastle was held at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley. The annual event is organised by four local companies from the kitchen manufacturing industry – EDSTEIN CREATIVE STONE, Euroform, Hafele Australia and Polytec with all money raised on the day donated to OzHarvest.

We are thrilled to announce that thanks to the generosity of the attendees and sponsors, more than $26,000 was raised at this year’s event, allowing OzHarvest to deliver the equivalent of 52,000 more meals to people in need in the local community.


Thank you to our wonderful volunteers who gave their time generously and ensured the day ran smoothly. Thank you to Renee, April and Sandra from WK Marble & Granite and Jo and the girls from Polytec who sold lots of raffle tickets on the day. Thank you to David and Bob Wilson from AGHA Golf and Promotional Products for all of your assistance in the lead up and on the day. A special thank you to Mike Rabbitt for once again doing an incredible job as MC and auctioneer. Mike is amazing at getting the crowd to respond and be at their most generous!

A huge and heartfelt thank you to all of our amazing supporters and sponsors for their kind and generous contribution – The Wood Tech Group, Evic Group, Planit Software, Crowne Plaza Hunter ValleyVolvo TrucksCosentino Australia & New ZealandCDK StoneAd-Built Kitchens, Extensions and DevelopmentsCaesarstone Australia, WK Marble & Granite, Smartstone Australianib foundation and AGHA Golf & Promotional Products.

Thank you to Edsteins, Hafele, Euroform and Polytec for your generosity and continued support over the years. It is a pleasure to work with you all.

More photos can be found here https://www.flickr.com/gp/[email protected]/88P7uF.