Corporate Volunteering & Engagement

Corporate volunteering

Engaging with people is the heartbeat of OzHarvest and there’s no better way to experience some of the ways we nourish our country, than getting involved with our corporate engagement program.

We have a range of team building, sponsorship, corporate volunteering and fundraising activities that will inspire your team and boost your business, and have a huge impact on the lives of vulnerable Australians.

Cooking For A Cause!

If you’ve been searching for a team building with a difference, then look no further. OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a hands-on cooking class open to groups of all sizes. Led by the lovely OzHarvest chefs, teams get busy in the kitchen transforming rescued food into restaurant-quality meals that are then delivered directly to disadvantaged communities.

In addition to bonding over a big pot of soup and experiencing the joy of chopping an onion properly your team will take away practical kitchen skills and the knowledge that they have made a real difference, allowing those less fortunate to eat with dignity.

Cooking for a Cause availability

  • Please click here to book and pay online using Humanitix for any group of 8-16 participants (3 hour session $175pp tax deductible). Please use this simple online booking system for any session 1st July 2019 onwards (nb Humanitix donates all booking fee profits to OzHarvest, hooray!). For June 2019 inquiries, please email [email protected] or call 02 8880 9785.
  • Sydney kitchen location is G3/G4, 46-62 Maddox St, Alexandria
  • Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Canberra, Perth and Gold Coast bookings also available! To book in one of these cities, please contact the relevant local OzHarvest Cooking for a Cause staff listed below, with your date preference and expected group size.
  • We love hosting larger teams! To book any Sydney group size between 17-75 pax, please email  [email protected] your date inquiry, time preference and expected group size. This is relevant for inquiries that have:
    • A group size between 17-75 participants (3 hour session)
    • Cooking for a Cause PLUS lunch / dinner – includes gorgeous 3 course feast. 20-45pax only, $257.50pp partly tax deductible (4 hours total)

Preview of Sydney schedule, subject to availability:

Monday

  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax
  • 1.15pm – 4.30pm      8-16pax
  • 5.15pm – 8.30pm     8-16pax

Tuesday

  • 17-75pax sessions (3 hours) or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions for 20-45pax (4 hours) are available Tuesday morning, afternoon or night. See above for Sydney contact.

Wednesday

  • 8.45am – 12pm        8-16pax
  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax
  • 5.15pm – 8.30pm    17-75pax group size or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions (20-45pax) are available Wed nights. See above for Sydney contact.

Thursday

  • 17-75pax sessions (3 hours) or PLUS lunch / dinner sessions for 20-45pax (4 hours) are available Tuesday morning, afternoon or night. See above for Sydney contact.

Friday

  • 8.45am – 12pm        8-16pax
  • 12.45pm – 4pm        8-16pax
  • 4.15pm – 7.30pm    17 – 40pax sessions (3 hours) available. See above for Sydney contact.

Weekends

  • Morning or afternoon sessions subject to availability, 20-50pax only. See above for Sydney contact.

Melbourne:
Nicole Trapnell
[email protected]

Brisbane:
Michaela Windsor
[email protected]
(07) 3708 1380

Gold Coast:
Brenda Tripp
[email protected] or
[email protected]

Canberra:
Dave Burnet
[email protected]
(02) 62476173

Perth:
Jennifer Keen
[email protected]
(08) 6500 6450

Adelaide:
Lyndall Vandenberg
[email protected]
(08) 7007 0080

Sunshine Coast:
Michele Lipner
[email protected]

Read more about OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause here.

We absolutely LOVED our morning in the OzHarvest kitchen, it is such a well run charity with lovely staff. Their work is incredibly inspiring, and they have created a fantastic program for corporate volunteering. We can’t wait to work with them again!.
Eve, Smokeball team, 2019

On behalf of BCG’s HR team, I’d like to say a huge thank you to the team of wonderful chefs we had on the night… We all had such a wonderful time, and have been recommending it to friends and colleagues as a great teambuilding, skill-building and community-building activity. It’s really incredible to know that we created 280 meals.
Kate, Boston Consulting Group, 2019

LEADING WITH PURPOSE FOR EXECUTIVE TEAMS

OzHarvest and Maximus have partnered to bring a transformative leadership experience, designed to help executive teams put purpose-led leadership at the heart of their organisation, driving value for themselves, their business and society around them.

Learning within the context of an entrepreneurial, disruptive and completely purpose-led organisation, Maximus will guide your executive team to a greater understanding of their existence and purpose, in order to drive focus and impact back in their business and beyond.

The custom-built offering for executive teams places them in a world of delivering towards a shared purpose, thriving in disruption, and game-changing entrepreneurialism.
Download the overview and contact [email protected] to find out more.

CEO CookOff

CEO CookOff is OzHarvest’s flagship fundraising event where the country’s top CEOs and senior business leaders swap the boardroom for kitchen, teaming up with Australia’s top chefs to prepare a delicious dinner for over a thousand vulnerable people and raise funds to support OzHarvest.

This event would not be possible without our amazing corporate partners or the fantastic fundraising efforts of the participating CEOs and business leaders and their supporters. In seven years it has raised over $9 million allowing us to deliver 18 million meals to those in need and expand our nutrition, education and hospitality training programs.

Read more about the CEO CookOff here, watch the video of the 2017 event below, or take a look at our current corporate partnerships here.

Organise a Food Drive

Many charity agencies are in need of food items for hampers, some deliver over 100 food hampers to families in need every month! Offices, schools, community groups or places of worship can help us meet this need by running a food drive to collect non-perishable food items to be donated to OzHarvest.

All types of canned and packaged goods within use-by date can be collected. Please do not donate fresh/perishable produce or foods containing alcohol (e.g. Christmas pudding). Download the OzHarvest Food Drive and Hampers Kit to help you get started.

Five easy steps to planning a food drive:

  1. Choose a date and a secure/highly visible collection site
  2. Send out an email, put up posters and get the word out to encourage people to bring in items.
  3. Organise a working bee to pack the items into hampers/parcels for distribution, ideally in a supermarket eco bag or boxes. Do not seal or overfill. Try to pack a variety of items in each hamper.
  4. An OzHarvest representative can visit your organisation during your working day to speak to your team about food waste and food insecurity, and the role that OzHarvest plays in the community.
  5. Call 1800 108 006 and arrange a pick-up date for the OzHarvest van to collect the donations.

Good food for hampers:

  • Pasta, rice, whole grain cereal
  • Canned vegetables (ring pull)
  • Canned fruit (ring pull)
  • Canned protein foods like tuna, salmon,
    chicken, beef stews – (ring pull)
  • Long life milk product
  • Biscuits (sweet and savoury)
  • Long life juice/poppers
  • Dried fruits
  • Tea/coffee
  • Breakfast cereal

Lastly, be creative and HAVE FUN!

Fundraising

To help us fight food waste, we need teamwork!  There are lots of different ways to run a workplace challenge such as bringing in Leftover Lunches, Bake-Overs, Surplus Soup or Zero Waste Wednesdays.

Thinking of running a half-marathon or organizing a food drive at work?  We’d love your support. Every $1 raised can provide 2 meals for people in need.