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Woolworths raises over $1.2 million for OzHarvest Christmas Appeal

Posted by on January 10, 2019

Thanks to the support of Woolworths customers across Australia, the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised enough funds to deliver more than 2,400,000 meals to those that need it most.

Hundreds of thousands of customers supported the Appeal by purchasing 50 cent meal tokens or Woolworths ‘Santa Cookies’, where 50 cents goes directly to OzHarvest. $10 from every Woolworths Insurance policy purchased in December and 50 cents from a full day of online orders, was also donated to OzHarvest.

OzHarvest founder and CEO, Ronni Khan said; “Christmas is a difficult time for those who often don’t know where their next meal is coming from, and because of Woolworths and the generosity of their customers we can now deliver so many nutritious meals across Australia to those in need.

“This year’s Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal has raised over $1.2 million and helped us deliver over 2.4 million meals, helping to change the lives of so many and allowing them to focus on living sustainable lives.

“We will be able to support the 1,300 charities that rely on OzHarvest for food each year. This number is only growing, and we simply can’t do it without the support of Woolworths.”

Claire Peters, Woolworths Managing Director, said; “The response to this year’s Christmas Appeal has been truly overwhelming.

“On behalf of Woolworths, I want to say a huge thank you to all of our customers. It is through your support and generosity that made it possible to deliver more than 2.4 million meals to those who would otherwise go without.”

We Are Cheeky Hungry To Help OzHarvest

Posted by on July 25, 2018

Today, OzHarvest partner, We Are Cheeky, launches its range of over 60 products in Woolworths stores across Australia. We Are Cheeky has partnered with OzHarvest to help rescue food and donate meals to Australians in need. For every product purchased, We Are Cheeky will donate proceeds to OzHarvest, with the goal of generating over 15,000 meals within the first month of the range hitting shelves.

The playful, but stylish, range of kitchen and homewares includes an affordable assortment of ceramics, bakeware, glassware, utensils, bar equipment, hydration, lunch and baby mealtime products. Far from your average range of kitchen and homewares; We Are Cheeky’s products feature playful designs and quotes, like the ‘whip it good’ whisk and the ‘I’m spicy’ mini bowl.

Today’s Australian launch follows the brand’s success in the United States, where it originated in November 2014 as ‘Cheeky’. Since its U.S. launch, Cheeky has helped generate over 15 million donated meals through its partnership with Feeding America and No Kid Hungry.

“Following the support we received from our customers in the U.S., we wanted to bring the brand back home to Australia in order to help the 3.6 million Australians who receive food relief every year whilst tapping into our distinct Aussie culture and sense of humour. This is reflected throughout the Australian range. Aussies love homewares, are passionate about giving back, and are renowned for our cheeky sense of humour. We Are Cheeky ticks all of these boxes, and we can’t wait to see how Aussies respond to the brand,” said We Are Cheeky Co-Founder and Australia CEO, Lance Kalish.

Speaking about the brand partnership, OzHarvest Founder, Ronni Kahn, said: “we are thrilled to partner with We Are Cheeky – a brand that shares our passion and drive for helping others, and like us, appreciates the value of having fun while doing it.”

Not only committed to nourishing the nation, We Are Cheeky is also passionate about helping to reduce plastic waste, with minimal packaging being used across the entire range and not one product being packaged entirely in plastic. Instead, products are mostly packaged in cardboard boxes or displayed in recyclable cardboard trays, and labelled with small paper stickers or tags.

We Are Cheeky is all about that tingling feeling you get when you share a meal with the people you love – the feelings, the stories, the fabulous food. You can join the brand in its quest to help those in need by purchasing from its cheeky range of kitchen and homewares, available exclusively from Woolworths in-store and online from today.

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.

For​ ​just​ ​50​ ​cents​ ​help​ ​share​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​for​ ​Aussies​ ​in​ ​need​ ​this​ ​Christmas

Posted by on November 16, 2017

Woolworths customers can share the spirit of Christmas by purchasing a special 50 cent token to help provide a meal for an Australian in need as part of the OzHarvest​ ​Christmas​ ​Appeal.

OzHarvest, Woolworths’ National Fresh Food Rescue Partner, supports more than 1,000 charitable agencies​ ​across​ ​the​ ​country​ ​helping​ ​to​ ​feed​ ​vulnerable​ ​Australians.

With the support of a regular supply of surplus fresh food from Woolworths stores across the country, and from other donors, and by purchasing one token as part of the Christmas appeal, OzHarvest can deliver​ ​a​ ​meal​ ​to​ ​someone​ ​who​ ​needs​ ​it​ ​most.

Recent research by Foodbank shows the demand for food relief has increased by 10 per cent, with more than 3.6 million Australians now experiencing food insecurity each year. Many charity agencies across the country​ ​say​ ​they​ ​could​ ​take​ ​double​ ​the​ ​food​ ​to​ ​meet​ ​demand.

OzHarvest Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn said; “For many families in Australia, Christmas will not mean a nourishing meal and an abundance of joy. Thanks to the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal we can​ ​make​ ​sure​ ​good​ ​food​ ​gets​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need​ ​over​ ​the​ ​festive​ ​season​ ​and​ ​throughout​ ​the​ ​year​ ​ahead.”

All customers need to do is add a 50 cent meal token donation to their shopping at Woolworths or online from now until 24 December, 2017. By placing their name on any tokens purchased and hanging them on the Christmas tree in store, they can show they’ve shared the spirit of Christmas. The more tokens​ ​purchased,​ ​the​ ​more​ ​meals​ ​OzHarvest​ ​can​ ​provide​ ​to​ ​help​ ​feed​ ​Australians​ ​in​ ​need.

Woolworths Supermarkets Managing Director, Claire Peters said; “Woolworths and OzHarvest share a common goal of towards zero food waste to landfill. Our partnership not only ensures excess fresh food is​ ​diverted​ ​to​ ​those​ ​in​ ​need,​ ​​but​ ​also​ ​offers​ ​a​ ​platform​ ​for​ ​vital​ ​funds​ ​to​ ​be​ ​raised​ ​for​ ​the​ ​organisation.

“We encourage our customers to help provide a meal for someone beyond their direct family and friends this festive season. Simply by donating 50 cents as part of the Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal, they’ll be supporting the growing need for hunger relief and together we can share the spirit of Christmas.”

The Woolworths OzHarvest Christmas Appeal hopes to raise $1 million for the food rescue organisation, which can help provide two million meals for families in need. Last year, Woolworths customers raised over​ ​$750,000,​ ​enough​ ​for​ ​1.5​ ​million​ ​meals.

Woolworths has partnered with OzHarvest since 2015 to help reduce food waste by providing surplus fresh​ ​food​ ​from​ ​their​ ​supermarkets​ ​to​ ​Aussies​ ​who​ ​would​ ​otherwise​ ​go​ ​without.

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/

Give your snags a purpose with a summer OzSizzle

Posted by on January 27, 2017

This Summer OzHarvest is asking Aussies to add a special ingredient to their seasonal BBQ – a sprinkling of goodwill.  By registering your barbie as an OzSizzle, the humble sausage and potato salad get-together can be transformed into a fundraising event to help vulnerable Aussies.

Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO and Founder said every dollar raised can help provide two meals for someone in need.

“The Aussie BBQ is iconic across the summer months as we join loved ones to share good food and good times. Sadly, many in our community are still going hungry.  Turning your backyard barbecue into an OzSizzle, is such an easy way to help put food on the table for those who are going without.”

Whether you’re entertaining friends or doing a pre payday sausage sizzle at work, throw something delicious on the barbie and don’t forget to register it at ozsizzle.com.au. Once registered, a bespoke fundraising page can send out invites to your event and collect donations.

From 18th to 27th January Woolworths are supporting OzSizzle with 10 cents from specially marked products going towards OzHarvest.

For more information or to register your OzSizzle event go to ozsizzle.com.au

WOOLWORTHS CHRISTMAS CAMPAIGN AIMS TO PROVIDE TWO MILLION MEALS FOR OZHARVEST

Posted by on December 5, 2016

Woolworths has launched the ‘Christmas Table For Good’ campaign, joining forces with food rescue charity OzHarvest to help raise over $1 million to help feed Australians in need.

The campaign will raise funds for OzHarvest through Woolworths stores nationwide, with customers encouraged to buy a $2 token and place it on the Christmas Table For Good.

Each donation can be personalised and will be displayed in-store in the run up to Christmas, with the money set to help put two million meals on the table of those in need.

Woolies xmas tokens

CEO and Founder of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said; “Christmas is very difficult time of year for those struggling to make ends meet. For thousands of families across Australia, Christmas doesn’t mean nourishing meals and an abundance of joy – it means going without. It’s also the busiest time of year for OzHarvest as demand for food far outweighs supply.

“Thanks to our partnership with Woolworths and the generosity of their customers, we can continue our important work and provide an additional two million meals to support people in need.”

Brad Banducci, Woolworths CEO & MD Woolworths Food Group said; “Through the generosity of our customers last year, over $600,000 was raised from the Christmas campaign for OzHarvest. Our aim this year is to significantly increase this figure.

“For just $2 our customers can help put 4 meals on the table to feed Australians in need, making a little bit go a long way.”

The campaign will run from Monday 5th of December until Tuesday 27th December in Woolworths stores nationwide.

OzHarvest Sydney to put on a largest food rescue feast with top chefs at Think.Eat.Save on Monday, 25 July

Posted by on July 21, 2016

Sydney’s leading chefs will join food rescue charity OzHarvest to feed 5,000 members of the public a free “rescued” meal at Martin Place on Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm at the fourth annual Think.Eat.Save event partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

Join top chefs from Neil Perry’s Rockpool Group, Matt Moran’s ARIA Catering, The Star, BlackStar Pastry and SumoSalad who have created delicious menus from “rescued” food items showcasing their creative culinary talent!

Enjoy Rockpool’s rescued beef and lemongrass meatballs with rice and pickled veg, The Star’s Milli Julli Sabji surplus veggie spiced tomato curry, ARIA’s sustainably sourced hot dogs with bacon jam, Sumo Salad’s wintery soups and for dessert indulge in BlackStar Pastry’s Trim Trifle Twist using the odds and ends from their famous “Strawberry & Watermelon Cake”.

Hear from a live panel discussion from food industry experts on food waste, food security and sustainability, see how mushrooms are grown from ground coffee waste at the Fungimental Garden of Goodness, learn some food saving tips from Glad, and enjoy healthy and delicious fruit from the Woolworths’ Odd Bunch range.

Think.Eat.Save events taking place nationwide will see some of the nation’s top chefs, business leaders, politicians and celebrities unite to address the urgent issue of food waste, which is currently costing Australians up to $8 billion each year.

Partnering with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), OzHarvest is urging Australians to take action on food waste.

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, said the aim of Think.Eat.Save 2016 is to bring attention to the alarming amount of food wasted in Australia and around the world, where roughly one third of food produced for human consumption (approx. 1.3 billion tonnes) is wasted or lost along the way.

“The current global and local food waste statistics are alarming,” Ms Kahn said. “We urgently need change to happen now to ensure a sustainable food system for future generations. This year at Think.Eat.Save we are urging Australians to make a dish using their leftovers, giving life to food that would otherwise have been wasted.

“These small efforts to reduce food waste create positive change and inspire others to take action about the urgent issue of food waste and food security.”

Members of the public are encouraged to get involved by making a personal pledge to change their eating behaviour and reduce food waste via the #PledgeAPlate campaign. You can pledge a plate by making a meal out of leftovers, rescued or saved ingredients, taking a photo and uploading it on social media with the hashtag #PledgeAPlate and fundraise via www.pledgeaplate.com.

To mark the national Australian campaign to reduce food waste, OzHarvest will host 11 events across the country, feeding over 15,000 thousand people a free, delicious and hearty hot meal made from rescued produce and educating people about reducing food waste.

#PledgeAPlate Campaign Toolkits are available from July 25 at www.pledgeaplate.com for businesses and schools to take action and get involved in the Think.Eat.Save campaign.

The national food waste reduction campaign is supported by Woolworths and Glad.

The Sydney Think.Eat.Save event is supported by NSW EPA Love Food Hate Waste Program, Virgin Mobile, SumoSalad & The Star.


NATIONAL THINK.EAT.SAVE PUBLIC EVENTS

DATE & TIME: Monday, 25 July from 11.30am – 2.30pm (major cities)

CLICK HERE FOR FULL LOCATION LIST

Sydney event: Martin Place, Sydney

Adelaide event: The University of Adelaide Goodman Lawns, North Terrace

Brisbane event: St Stephen’s Cathedral, Brisbane

Canberra event: Garema Place 

Gold Coast event: The 4217, 10 Beach Road, Surfers Paradise

Melbourne event: The State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

Newcastle event: Wheeler Place, Newcastle

Perth event: Forrest Place, Perth CBD

Regional Areas: Cairns, Sapphire Coast, Armidale

 

For a full list of events and more information, please visit www.ozharvest.org

Social media tags: @ozharvest @UNEP #thinkeatsave #pledgeaplate

Woolworths to send zero food waste to landfill with OzHarvest partnership

Posted by on September 25, 2015

Friday, 25 September 2015: Woolworths, the fresh food people, have today announced that they will commit to eliminate food waste that is sent to landfill by 2020 and will begin a new partnership with Australia’s leading local food rescue organisation, OzHarvest.

The new partnership sees OzHarvest become the principal partner for Woolworths to collect and distribute edible food to people who are in need across Australia.

Woolworths will engage their network of farmers, producers, manufacturers, employees and customers to help minimise food waste as well as supporting OzHarvest’s educational campaigns on food waste reduction, such as Think.Eat.Save, an initiative partnered with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

The partnership forms part of a larger commitment by Woolworths to eliminate food waste, which includes seeing edible food waste distributed by a number of organisations like OzHarvest, and other waste used for animal feed, commercial compost and power generation.

Managing Director of Woolworths Food Co, Brad Banducci, said “Woolworths is a part of nearly every community and our extended partnership with OzHarvest is a great way for us to help those in need while at the same time reducing waste.

“Our customers want to see us reducing our food waste. We’ll do that right through the supply chain from selling our Odd Bunch imperfect fruit and vegetables to donating food through OzHarvest, our other food rescue partners, and other initiatives like animal food and commercial composting.

“Our target remains ambitious but with great partners it is achievable,” he said.

OzHarvest’s CEO and Founder, Ronni Kahn, is thrilled at the Zero Food Waste by 2020 pledge from Woolworths, building on their existing decade-long partnership.

“This commitment from Woolworths is a huge advance in our collective fight against food waste. This partnership will allow OzHarvest to divert even more surplus food from landfill and further help Australians in need, addressing the broader issues of food waste, sustainability and food security.

In June, Environment Minister Greg Hunt, with the support of Labor and the Greens, said he was working to create a National Food Waste 2025 Strategy.

Ms Kahn said the charity was pushing for yearly waste to be cut by half by 2025.

“We must all take responsibility for the 4 million tonnes of food Australians send to landfill each year. Woolworths’ commitment to Zero Food Waste 2020 shows that they are serious about helping our environment as well as those in need. Now is the time for all Australians to get on board and reduce food waste! ” Ms Kahn said.

 

 

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For further information please contact the Woolworths Press Office at on 02 8885 1033

For more media information, images or interviews with Ronni Kahn, Founder and CEO of OzHarvest please contact:

Louise Tran at OzHarvest on [email protected] | +61 2 9516 3877 | +61 466 620 744