28 June 2016
More than two million people in Australia rely on food relief, according to the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. At the same time, over four million tonnes of food ends up in landfill each year.
OzHarvest takes excess food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens and delivers it to charities to feed people in need.
Founded in Sydney in 2004 by Ronni Kahn and based on the American Harvest model in the US, it is the only perishable food rescue organisation collecting from all types of food outlets in Australia.
The Macquarie Group Foundation became involved with OzHarvest while the charity was being established. Recognising the pioneering nature of its goals in Australia, Macquarie and Macquarie staff have provided more than A$2 million in funding, as well as access to a range of skills, in the decade since its inception.
Staff assistance has included:
Today, OzHarvest operates in eight cities, collecting quality excess food from more than 2,000 commercial outlets and delivering it to more than 800 charities.
Source: OzHarvest, March 2016