It’s hard to believe that in a country as beautiful and developed as Australia, poverty and insecurity still exists. Every year, nearly 2 million Aussies rely on food relief and simultaneously, $8 to $10 million worth of food is wasted.
In light of this, Oz Harvest, created in 2004, is a food rescue organisation which collects surplus food from commercial outlets and distributes to charities free of charge helping many disadvantages and vulnerable Australians.
Each year Oz Harvest hosts a CEO Cookoff to raise awareness of food wastage and homelessness. This year around 40 of Australia’s top Chefs and around 120 CEOs and business leaders cooked a full 3 course meal for 1000 disadvantaged Sydney siders at Carriageworks in Eveleigh.
They started with a range of dips with Brasserie Bread. Mains ranged from Matt Moran’s family lamb recipe to Maggie Beer’s roast chicken and Movida and Miguel Maestre’s paella. Dessert was Black Star Pastry’s watermelon and strawberry cake with a specially designed Gelato Messina ice cream with Vittoria Coffee.
Overall the event raised around $900,000!
I dropped by this great event for a few hours and felt humbled by it all. It was a reminder to be grateful for the small things like a bed, a roof over my head and a meal on the table and to help those in need.
If you are interested in being involved, click on this link.
Every $1 donated means OzHarvest can deliver two meals.
Every $2 donated can provide dinner to a family of four.
$15 provides a classroom of students with a nutritious breakfast.
$84 can feed a family of four for a whole month.
$500 can help one disadvantaged youth get through OZHarvest’s Nourish Program.