OzHarvest started in Sydney with one van in 2004 and is home to our headquarters and largest food rescue hub. Our fleet of 19 yellow vans delivers over one million meals every month, to 411 charities feeding people in need throughout Greater Sydney, Central Coast and Wollongong.
Thanks to a network of 1,074 food donors, we can provide a wide range of fresh and nutritious food every day to make a positive difference to many vulnerable communities.
An incredible team of 1,400 volunteers in Sydney work tirelessly, helping to serve customers at our Kensington and Waterloo markets, washing dishes in our kitchens, running our hamper hubs, and generally providing much-needed support to our entire operation!
If you’re interested in volunteering at OzHarvest Sydney, click the button below.
Our OzHarvest Market in Waterloo runs on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ basis. After a successful three and a half years, our Kensington Market will be closed on 23rd December 2020. Our Waterloo Market, which opened in 2020, will continue to feed people doing it tough.
While current lockdown restrictions are still in place, OzHarvest will run a Community Kitchen, from their venue in Surry Hills to provide a hamper and a take-away hot meal to those doing it tough in the local community. This service is funded by the City of Sydney and will operate on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. from 14th September.
Where: 481 Crown Street, Surry Hills.
Opening days & hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 4pm-7pm
OzHarvest Hamper Hub Lakemba will provide a new emergency food relief service to vulnerable members of the South-West Sydney community, particularly groups displaced by the effects of COVID-19. This initiative is available thanks to funding from the NSW Government, along with support from the Canterbury-Bankstown Council.
Where: Lakemba Senior Citizens Centre, Cnr The Boulevarde & Croydon Street, Lakemba NSW 2195
Open: Every Tuesday, 11am – 2pm (Closed on public holidays)
The OzHarvest Food Truck brings zero-waste inspired, restaurant-quality, locally sourced catering to venues in and around Sydney. Each paid event allows the OzHarvest Food Truck to deliver a nourishing lunch, free of charge, to a charity or a community supporting vulnerable Australians.
The Food Truck will be available for events from 1st January 2022. Our Food Truck team is busy servicing our charity agencies to ensure we can rise to the challenge of the food relief need during COVID-19.
The Mobile Market was created to provide regional communities doing it tough with access to fresh produce and dry goods, free of charge. Visiting over 30 locations throughout NSW, the Mobile Markets is currently funded by the NSW Government and aims to support growers and business owners by purchasing or rescuing produce locally.
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 Sydney, we are able to accommodate small to medium sized groups for morning sessions (start 9am) and afternoon sessions (starts 1pm) on:
Group size on Thursdays (max 21pax over two kitchen spaces – 12pax in one kitchen and 9pax in the other kitchen)
Group size on Fridays (max 9pax over one kitchen space) for morning and afternoon sessions.
FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is a curriculum aligned program aimed at year 5 and 6 students. FEAST runs for 7-10 weeks and is a STEM project-based learning program focusing on food and sustainability. The teacher-led program can be adapted and changed to suit your school’s needs.
Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food.
Our NEST program is an easy and fun way to learn healthy eating habits and how to cook simple and low-cost meals in just six weeks. 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.
OzHarvest NEST is aligned with the Australian Dietary Guidelines and works with everyone to set realistic goals around healthy eating, which are reviewed and revised each week, so real and lasting change can be made.
Our Nourish program supports at-risk youth by training and mentoring students in a Certificate II in Hospitality or Kitchen Operations. Nourish offers more than just hospitality skills as it creates hope, opportunity and supports employment pathways for self-sustainability.
Nourish has two intakes of students in January and July each year.