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.
In response to the huge rise in demand for food, OzHarvest quickly responded with new emergency food relief services, including hamper hubs and cooked meals.
OzHarvest chefs and hospitality partners have been producing over 5,000 cooked meals a week to supplement rescued food and distribute to charities, our markets and hamper hubs.
Hamper hubs for international students, temporary visa holders and vulnerable community members have been in operation at pop-up locations across Sydney. Click LEARN MORE to find out about the OzHarvest Hamper Hub in Darling Harbour.
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.
OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause classes are a unique team-building experience, where our talented chefs help you transform rescued ingredients into gourmet meals, which then get delivered to local charities. Sydney classes are usually hosted at our HQ, but due to COVID-19 restrictions are currently being run virtually. We are hoping to be back face-to-face in March 2021.
Our markets in Kensington and Waterloo run 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 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.
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 supports vulnerable communities by teaching healthy eating habits and how to cook simple meals on a budget. While face-to-face sessions are currently on hold, we have started a NEST Facebook group.
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.
Harvest Bites is a food delivery service with a difference. Collaborating with well-known Sydney chefs, Harvest Bites allows you to enjoy delicious, restaurant quality meals from the comfort of your own home, with all proceeds going back to OzHarvest. Every order allows OzHarvest to deliver at least 40 meals to people in need.