This week Fast and Fresh catering sydney had a a catering order that was cancelled by a regular customer (hospital representative) of ours, she mentioned her hospital appt. had been cancelled by her customer, she had already paid us for the food. This left us with 6 platters of prepared food, I was at a loss as to what to do with all this food. So I decided to make some phone calls to see who I could donate this food to. I finally got in touch with this company called Oz Harvest, I have seen these vans round the place but never knew what they did.
I spoke on the phone to one of the volunteers after a few minutes on the phone with him I was surprised to find out how much food waste occurs in sydney on a daily basis. OzHarvest is a much needed brilliant service that collects food from companies and restaurants and caterers that also hate waste, I knew that I wanted to contribute to this fantastic cause in Sydney.
Oz Harvest staff where extremely grateful for the donation and promised to send someone to our kitchens by lunch time to pick up the food for delivery to the needy. The vans run 6 days a week, sometimes even on a Sunday and travel as far as south coast and Northern beaches.
Oz Harvest was founded in November 2004 when event’s organiser, Ronni Kahn wanted to make a significant contribution to society. Stunned by the amount of food wasted by the hospitality industry, she decided to do something about it.
Oz Harvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia collecting surplus food from all types of food providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.
So as promised the driver arrived at our kitchens at 2pm in concord and picked up the 6 platters and loaded them into his van, for drop off to some charities that afternoon, I cannot express to you the sense of goodness that over came me today. It felt very satisfying to be able to contribute to such a worthy cause.
After speaking with them today, it is fascinating how much excess food there is and how much the charities rely on this service and how much they can take.
So tell me Dear Reader, would you donate food to places like OzHarvest?
To donate food or volunteer at OzHarvest, see their website: http://www.ozharvest.com.au/