OzHarvest is a charitable organisation that rescues food from restaurants, food outlets and corporate kitchens that would otherwise be thrown away and delivers it free, on the same day, to charities that feed the disadvantaged and homeless.
The economic, social and environmental consequences of saving excess food going to landfill are significant. OzHarvest endeavour to evenly distribute food to 245 charities in Sydney and a further 35 in Newcastle, rescuing approximately 20 tonnes of food from landfill each week.
The organisation estimates it has saved 4,000 metric tons of carbon pollution – the equivalent to taking around 1,000 cars of the road, by saving food from landfill.
The food donations are not only nutritious but it also allows charities to re-direct funds into other essential services.
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OzHarvest website explains that it provides:
“food to over 240 charities across Sydney and Wollongong, 46 in Canberra and Queanbeyan, 31 in Newcastle and 11 in Adelaide. These charities provide support to many individuals in need, including:
* children and youth at risk who may have been abused or have nowhere else to go
* single parents with no support
* older men and women who have trouble making ends meet
* those who are homeless
* marginalised indigenous men, women and children
* refugees looking for a better life
* those who are going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation
* women who are escaping domestic violence; and
* families with low incomes who need help to get by.
The only common feature across these charities is that they all support those who are vulnerable. We provide food to the larger well known organisations like Mission Australia, the PCYC’s, the Salvation Army and Youth off the Streets.
Equally we provide food to many small agencies dotted around Sydney – the type of charity that doesn’t seek publicity. For example, a small women’s refuge that doesn’t advertise so that its details do not become widely known or a small respite centre for children and teenagers escaping difficult home situations. “
More of this please – we can’t afford to waste scarce resources