The campaign took a wonderful turn when the Brisbane team at OzHarvest called in to check out the warehouse and then quickly moved to secure their place with a three year lease at the Food Connect Shed. Amy Cobb, Queensland State Manager for OzHarvest enthusiastically stated, “it’s a match made in heaven!” And we couldn’t agree more. With all the focus on food waste at the moment, there’s a lot of pressure on society as a whole to look for innovative ways to firstly, prevent waste and secondly, to value waste as a resource that can be used for good.

OzHarvest CEO and Founder Ronni Kahn said the move to the Food Connect Shed was an exciting opportunity and aligns with OzHarvest’s purpose to ‘Nourish our country’. It will also help reconnect consumers with the value of food, raise awareness about food waste and support local farmers.

“We are so excited to be part of Food Connect’s vision to create Australia’s first community-owned food hub,” she said.

“This supportive, innovative and creative hub offers the potential to bring farmers, foodies and consumers together under one roof to drive positive changes in how we shop, interact and nourish our families.

“In addition to being our home base for our eight food rescue vehicles, OzHarvest is planning to build a beautiful new commercial kitchen within our space to increase our existing corporate team building offering, catering business and community cooking classes.”

The OzHarvest team are moving in on 10 December, with plans to build a commercial kitchen that interfaces with our planned event space. We’re looking forward to seeing what synergies this fabulous relationship brings.

OzHarvest Brisbane collects over 100 tonnes of quality surplus food from more than 200 food outlets each week and delivers directly to over 125 local charities.

ABOUT OZHARVEST:

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality surplus food from more than 3,500 businesses, including supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers, airports and retail food outlets.  Every week over 180 tonnes of food is saved from going to landfill and delivered to 1300+ charitable agencies, helping to make a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable men, women and children across Australia. OzHarvest addresses food security through education programs NEST (nutrition education sustenance training) and Nourish, a hospitality training program for disadvantaged youth. It operates nationally in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Cairns, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, and Perth and in regional communities.   Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver two meals to people in need .www.ozharvest.org

FOOD WASTE FACTS:

  • Food waste in Australia costs an estimated $20 billion dollars each year in commercial and residential waste
  • Over 5.3 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill each year
  • One in five shopping bags end up in the bin = $1,036 worth of groceries per household each year
  • 35% of the average household bin is food waste
  • Over 4 million people experience food insecurity each year, one third are children