Group puts food back on
OzHarvest works to reduce food waste
5.3 billion tonnes of food every year.
It’s a shocking statistic and one that OzHarvest, a non-profit organisation, is working hard to reduce.
For the last 30 years OzHarvest has been collecting food products from farmers, supermarkets, wholesalers, cafes and restaurants and events, which would otherwise be dumped in landfill. They then redistribute that food in refrigerated vans to charities and organisations that are feeding people in need.
OzHarvest spokeswoman Fiona Nearn said OzHarvest had distributed 88 million meals and saved 33,000 tonnes of food from landfill since conception.
“We have a national target now to halve food waste by
2030,” she said.
“We’re working as closely with the government as possible to achieve that goal.
“But change is required across every level, including the consumers at home.”
Ms Nearn said half of the national food waste was coming from the consumer.
“I think people have lost the value of food and their connection with food,” she said.
“It’s in abundance and it’s available 24/7 and it’s fairly cheap.
“So it’s become a mentality now that food can be wasted.”
Ms Nearn said food waste cost the economy $20 billion a year, and it was costing households thousands of dollars a year.
OzHarvest has been operating in Queensland for the past seven years. In that time it has delivered
15 million meals comprised of
1.3 million kilograms of rescued food.
“In Queensland we have 13 refrigerated vehicles,” Queensland state manager Amy Cobb said.
“We have a van in Cairns, we have a van on the
FOOD RESCUE: OzHarvest has saved 33,000 tonnes of food from landfill.