Agriculture and Food – From Paddock to Plate Sustainably
OzHarvest Ltd, NSW
OzHarvest is a food rescue organisation with a dual social impact, ensuring that every day, perfectly good food that would otherwise end up as landfill is delivered to the marginalised and disadvantaged people in our community who need it most. OzHarvest collects leftover food from fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, wholesalers, corporate events, caterers, shops, delis and restaurants, and delivers it the same day to over 400 of Australia’s charities. By receiving food free of charge, charities are able to redirect funding to programs assisting those who are disadvantaged or at risk. No storage is required, as the food collected is picked up and delivered the same day using refrigerated van. OzHarvest was founded in Sydney in 2004, beginning with one van and delivering 4000 meals in our first month of operations. Last year OzHarvest delivered enough food to provide 3.24 million meals across Sydney, Newcastle, Brisbane and Adelaide, saving over 1700 tonnes of food from landfill and preventing over 2800 tonnes of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere. In addition, OzHarvest has recently launched an online toolkit to teach regional communities how to set up food rescue in their local area.
Comments from Judges
Ozharvest is an initiative of significant social impact that has clearly articulated the environmental and economic impacts. Its amazing reach, its ability to change law and its extension to rural and regional areas truly identifies it as a leader in this sector. The future branding and marketing strategies are addressed to demonstrate the corporate and media branding needed to support the sustainability of this initiative. The judges commended the new program REAP which was supported by very cool web communication and endorsed by the highly reputed Food Industry professionals. Ozharvest provides a practical ”toolkit” to others wanting to set-up their own food bank.