Food waste costs the Australian economy more than $20 billion each year and results in over five million tonnes of good food ending up in landfill. Half of this food waste occurs in the home, costing the average family $1050 every year.
OzHarvest’s latest campaign, Fight Food Waste, is targeting the biggest food waste culprits – consumers – who collectively waste more than supermarkets, restaurants, manufacturers and farms combined.
“Food is so precious, wasting it makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically – but we all do it,” OzHarvest founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn says.
“From forgetting about food in the fridge, buying and cooking too much, letting it expire and not storing it properly … there are so many reasons good food ends up in the bin.”
Ronni founded OzHarvest in 2004 after years of running an events company and seeing the mountain of food going to waste, while so many people were going hungry that night. She started delivering the leftover food from her events to local charities and OzHarvest was born.
In 2005, they lobbied state governments to change the laws to allow businesses to donate food without fear of liability and now collect 125 tonnes of fresh food every week.
With a focus on changing lives by rescuing and redistributing food to those who need it most, protecting the environment, engaging and educating communities to better utilise food and waste less and to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty, Ronni has set a national target to halve food waste by 2030; in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
This has prompted their latest initiative, Fight Food Waste, which Ronni says, “Aims to tackle the problem from the bottom up by changing behaviour at home with how you look, buy, store and cook food. We hope it will be like the slip, slop, slap for food waste.”
LOOK at what you’ve got. BUY what you need. STORE food properly. COOK what you have. Join the movement at fightfoodwaste.org.
Did you know?
A third of the average household bin is food waste.
OzHarvest Sunshine Coast
Since August 2014, 160,000kg of excess quality food has been rescued and redistributed here on the Sunshine Coast, which is the equivalent of about 480,000 meals. They now provide quality surplus food to 30 charities, community organisations, churches, programs and schools from Gympie to the Coast and into the Hinterland. For more information or to get involved,