Launched in 2010, OzHarvest Newcastle now has three vans rescuing food from Raymond Terrace, to Maitland, to Cessnock, to Wyong. Food rescue operations are stronger than ever, with over 140,000 meals delivered every month.
OzHarvest cooked meals program creates and delivers around 500-600 frozen, ready-to-eat meals every week for vulnerable communities in Newcastle. To provide additional food relief during COVID-19, more than 6,700 hampers were distributed to people in need throughout the Hunter region – that’s almost 250,000 meals!
An incredible team of volunteers in Newcastle work tirelessly, helping OzHarvest to reach more people in our community by assisting our food rescue drivers with our weekday food rescue runs, helping in the kitchen with Cooking For A Cause, assisting with practical session delivery of our NEST, Nourish, and FEAST education programs, and providing much-needed general support for everything we do!
Most of our volunteering opportunities are based at our Hamilton North warehouse or Windale kitchen. Shifts are generally Monday to Friday during business hours, however we do have occasional shifts on weekends and weeknights at community events and festivals.
If you are interested in volunteering in Newcastle, we’d love to welcome you to the OzHarvest family! Please click the button below to register your interest.
The Nourish Program is a hospitality training program for young people aged 16-25 who typically face barriers to education, work and training. The 18-week program includes life skills, job-readiness coaching and support with post-program employment, training or study opportunities.
In Newcastle, OzHarvest partners with TAFE NSW to deliver a Certificate II in Cookery. The program, which is free of charge for participants, has two intakes of students in January and July each year.
In February 2021, Nourish launched in Newcastle thanks to Lendlease. This partnership enabled the launch of Nourish Newcastle, while also supporting the program nationally. Read about the launch here.
FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is a curriculum-aligned education program for primary and high schools, which explores the issue of food waste and its environmental impact, healthy eating and easy classroom cooking.
Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food!
Find out more about the program and how it aligns with the Australian Curriculum below.
NEST is a six-week nutrition and health education program, teaching adults easy ways to cook and eat healthily on a budget through a series of practical and fun workshops.
Each NEST session is held at the same day and time each week for 2.5 hours. It includes fun interactive activities, practical cooking classes, and the sharing of a meal together.
The evidence-based program improves personal health, addresses food insecurity and is aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines. Our friendly team of nutritionists and dietitians work with everyone to set realistic goals around healthy eating, which are reviewed and revised each week, so real and lasting change can be made.
OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a hands-on cooking class open to corporate groups. Led by our talented OzHarvest chefs, teams get busy in the kitchen transforming rescued ingredients into gourmet meals, which then get delivered to local charities.
In OzHarvest Newcastle, we are able to accommodate groups of 16 people per session for morning sessions (start 9.30am) and afternoon sessions (starts 1.30pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.