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 over 1,000 volunteers in Sydney work tirelessly, helping to serve customers at our OzHarvest Market Waterloo and Refettorio, help out in our kitchens, assist our drivers with food rescue, help with community events and Cooking for a Cause corporate classes, assist with practical session delivery of our NEST, Nourish and FEAST education programs and generally provide much-needed support for everything we do!
Most of our volunteering opportunities are based at either our Alexandria warehouse and kitchen, our Waterloo Market, or our Refettorio in Surry Hills. Shifts are generally Monday to Friday during business hours, however we do have limited regular weekend shifts and occasional out of hours shifts at community festivals and events.
If you are interested in volunteering in Sydney, we’d love to welcome you to the OzHarvest family!! Please click the button below to register your interest.
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.
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), classes run daily with min 8pax to 70pax for CFAC, 8pax to 50pax CFAC Plus. Price starts at $175 p/person – tax deductible.
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.
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 young people at risk of disengagement by training and mentoring students in a Certificate II in Cookery. 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.