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Canberra Food Rescue (OzHarvest)

Posted on 4 April 2021

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The aim of this project was to increase OzHarvest Canberra’s capacity to rescue quality surplus food from businesses and to deliver it to charities in need. A Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund investment of $10,000 enabled the organisation to deliver 20,000 meals to community members doing it tough across Canberra.

CHIEF MINISTER’S CHARITABLE FUND 2019 GRANT – $10,000

The aim of this project was to increase OzHarvest Canberra’s capacity to rescue quality surplus food from businesses and to deliver it to charities in need. A Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund investment of $10,000 enabled the organisation to deliver 20,000 meals to community members doing it tough across Canberra.

From July 2019 to June 2020, this food was sourced from 104 businesses across Canberra, including supermarkets, restaurants and corporate kitchens – 6,670 kg of quality surplus food that would otherwise have ended up in landfill. This food was delivered to 57 charitable agencies feeding people in need across Canberra.

The funding from the Chief Minister’s Charitable Fund supported the organisation in addressing the rising demand for food relief and contributed to the following outcomes:

  • 20,000 meals delivered
  • 57 charitable agencies supported
  • 6,667 kg of food saved from landfill
  • 12,667 kg of greenhouse emissions prevented from entering the atmosphere.

During COVID-19, OzHarvest had to adapt its operations in response to charity closures, supermarket stock shortages, hospitality-industry closures, new public health and safety requirements and other unforeseen challenges and changes. Despite all this, OzHarvest has not stopped delivering good food to people in need throughout this period.