OzHarvest WA

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.

OzHarvest WA’s third birthday celebrations

Posted by on December 15, 2017

It’s been a big month… well, make that three years for the OzHarvest WA team!

Having hit another milestone in November through the redistribution of an incredible 96,848 kilograms, it was time to celebrate our successes and achievements through a series of special events to mark our third birthday.

On 4 December, our great friend Debbie Schaffer hosted OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn for an intimate ‘rescued’ lunch. Ronni shared her inspirational OzHarvest story with guests and provided an insight into what’s on our plate in 2018. We were also treated to a delicious ‘rescued’ lunch prepared by Shadow Wine Bar + Dining Room Head Chef, Sue Hutchins and OzHarvest WA Chef, Dane McHutchison.

The following day, we opened the doors of our warehouse, for a special celebration with our nearest and dearest supporters. It was great to see so many in attendance at our breakfast barbecue. Thank you to all for all the love and support that we’ve received over the years. We are eternally grateful for the generosity of our supporters, which has allowed us to achieve so much in three short years!

OzHarvest launches in WA

Posted by on April 1, 2015

On 2 December 2014, OzHarvest was thrilled to officially expand its yellow army into Western Australia thanks to the incredible support of its major partner Santos and key partners; ADD Building Group, Big Rock Toyota, Metals X and The Merchant Group.

To celebrate its arrival, OzHarvest WA held a launch event at its new headquarters, Perth City Farm.

Founder & CEO, Ronni Kahn along with OzHarvest Ambassador, Guillaume Brahimi welcomed guests and spread plenty of yellow love to those who attended including: Hon Tony Simpson MLA; Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi; OzHarvest WA ambassadors Clint Nolan, Ian Parmenter and Jerry Schoemaker; and key supporters.

An enormous thank you to our event suppliers La Cholita, Pinchos, Nandos, Lot 20, 3 Oceans, Coopers, Vittoria, Perth City Farm, Austage and Hire Society – we have been truly overwhelmed by the support of so many in the local community.

Food for Thought cooking class

Posted by on March 25, 2015

As part of Perth’s Eat.Drink.Perth programme, OzHarvest teamed up with Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre (PCEC) to host its Food for Thought cooking class on 25 March.

Guests were invited to bang on some pans with celebrity chef and passionate foodie, Ian Parmenter while discussing issues such as food sustainability and waste with OzHarvest CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn.

Cooking a range of dishes in PCEC Summer Garden’s pop-up kitchen, there was a whole lot of love and over 500 meals were created for Perth’s homeless and disadvantaged.

Night Noodle Markets visits Perth

Posted by on March 1, 2015

OzHarvest was thrilled to participate in Perth’s inaugural Night Noodle Markets as part of Australia’s largest food festival, Good Food Month.

Taking place over 12 nights in March at the Perth Cultural Centre, more than 35 volunteers helped to shell out OzHarvest love and spread the word to the local community about our mission to Nourish Our Country.

Located near the giant maneki-neko, luck and love was certainly on our side and thanks to the generosity of the community, we are now able to deliver an additional 20,485 meals to those in need.

OzHarvest is the proud official national charity partner of Good Food Month.

Leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest expands iconic yellow fleet to WA

Posted by on November 24, 2014

Leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest expands iconic yellow fleet to Western Australia to deliver food to Perth’s hungry thanks to Santos

 

Friends and family, food and drink… Christmas is a time when you can possibly have too much of a good thing. Overloaded fridges and waistbands aside, excess consumption of food is a huge problem at this time of the year.

At the same time two million Australians struggle to access meals each year, half of whom are children.

To combat food waste and food security, OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue charity, will be expanding its iconic food rescue fleet of yellow vans to Western Australia on 2 December and extend its purpose of “Nourishing our Country” to WA – thanks to Major Partner, Santos and support from local companies.

Due to increased demand for food relief in Perth and a call for assistance from local welfare agencies and organisations, OzHarvest requested support from local companies in WA to help fund the set up of the food relief organisation for the next three years.

 

Leading energy company, Santos, with offices in Perth and Adelaide, was the first to come on board to help fund the operational set up of OzHarvest WA including a food rescue van and driver.

 

Santos WA & NT General Manager Brett Woods said he was delighted that the company was able to help those less fortunate through support for a national food rescue group with a 10-year long track record of successfully helping those in need whilst, at the same time, addressing the issue of food waste.

Partnering with a group like OzHarvest makes a whole lot of sense for a number of good reasons, and we are very pleased to help bring this impactful organisation to Perth.

Perth financial advisor Andrew Chapman also gathered a few locals, shared the OzHarvest story and vision and has helped to raise further funds for OzHarvest.

The for-impact organisation is calling for interest and local support from financial donors, food donors and volunteers to get involved.

 

OzHarvest Founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn explained that the benefits to the community extend further than food rescue.

The idea is simple, but the logistics and operational side is complex. We know that we have a model that effectively and efficiently works and one that makes an enormous impact by diverting good food from landfill, saving food donors waste disposal costs, helping to ease food costs for local charities and most importantly, providing food to vulnerable communities and people in need. And of course all of which is better for our planet. Everybody deserves the right to good food.

While Australians are wasting $8 billion worth of food each year, it is not right that 2.5 million people today live with food insecurity in this country and don’t have access to quality nutritious food.

We calculated our Social Return on Investment (SROI) with the help from Bain & Company, and found that for every $1 invested into OzHarvest there is a social benefit value of $5.68 returned to society. Of course, you cannot monetize the love, joy, dignity and respect felt by those who receive the food.

Incredible support from local companies Metals X, Mining and Civil Management Services, TheTong Foundation, Merchant Group and Big Rock Toyota have all contributed to the set up of OzHarvest WA.

The Australian organisation, now in its 10th year has its head office based in Sydney and operations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle and Melbourne, Canberra and now Perth. Its regional arm REAP Food Rescue by OzHarvest sees its model replicated in regional and rural communities across the country.

To date, OzHarvest has delivered more than 30 million meals to vulnerable Australians by working in partnership with more than 600+ charities and welfare agencies across the country. Environmentally this has also saved 10,000 tonnes of good quality surplus food from ending up in landfill.

Education is a key component in OzHarvest’s purpose of ‘Nourishing Our Country’ and programs that they have developed such as NEST (Nutrition Education Sustenance Training) and Nourish are critical to changing the face of food security and food waste in Australia.

 

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For more information visit www.ozharvest.org or call 1800 108 006

 

Connect with us on Twitter or Instagram @ozharvest or search OzHarvestWA on Facebook

 

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Keen, OzHarvest WA Manager E: [email protected] M: 0473 440 884

Louise Tran, OzHarvest Communications & Marketing Manager E: [email protected]    P: 02 9516 3877 M: 0466 620 744

 

KEY PERTH DATES:

25 November: Inaugural Cooking for a Cause session with OzHarvest

2 December: Official Launch of OzHarvest WA with Major Partners, VIP guests at Perth City Farm 6PM

OZHARVEST KEY DATES:

2004: OzHarvest started operations in November 2004

2005: Civil Liabilities Amendment Act legislation amended in NSW, with ACT, QLD and SA following to allow food donors to donate food to charitable organisations without fear of liability

2010: Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn awarded Australia’s Local Hero of the Year as part of the Australian of the Year Awards, OzHarvest Newcastle launched

2011: OzHarvest SA and QLD launched, REAP Food Rescue by OzHarvest developed for regional communities

2013: OzHarvest VIC launched, OzHarvest named UNEP partner to promote global Think.Eat.Save campaign, OzHarvest received United Nations Environment Program Community Award, NEST (Nutrition Education Sustenance Training) Program national roll-out, Nourish Program Pilot commences

2014: OzHarvest 10th Birthday, new warehouse donated for OzHarvest HQ, OzHarvest WA and OzHarvest ACT launched, OzHarvest launched new cookbook Urban Harvest