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Charity Uses Non-Plated Food from Events to Fight Hunger


By Gwen O’Toole
 
A not-for-profit organisation which collects left over food from restaurants, venues, caterers and corporate kitchens in Sydney, Wollongong and Canberra has asked the industry to come together to fight hunger for one day.
 
OzHarvest has delivered more than 3.3 million meals to help the disadvantaged since 2004 and prevents good food going to waste in a landfill.
 
 
Oz Harvest’s ambassadors – Bill Granger, Maeve O’Meara and Ben Lee
 
The organisation is asking all Sydneysiders to donate what they would normally spend on lunch to Share Lunch Fight Hunger, a one-day initiative aimed at helping the hungry, homeless and need, to be held on May 20.
They are asking Sydneysiders to donate $10 — the price of a sandwich and coffee. All money raised will go to OzHarvest, allowing them to continue rescuing unwanted and excess food.
 
Founded by an Ronni Kahn, an event organiser who was shocked to see how much un-plated food stuff goes to waste, OzHarvest uses six vans to collect and delivers 105,000 meals a month to 153 charities.
 
“For over two years, OzHarvest has provided invaluable support to our residential programs in Sydney by delivering meals for the resident young people in our crisis refuge and semi-independent living program,” said Youth Off the Streets founder, Father Chris Riley, whose organisation is just one of those assisted. 
 
“OzHarvest provides Youth Off The Streets with more than 1000 meals a year, meaning we are able to direct our resources helping youth in need towards direct care and opportunity provision,” he said.
 
To enquire about having OzHarvest collect excess food from your venue or event, or to register a company or individual to participate in the Share Lunch Fight Hunger event, click here.