Who will benefit from this project?
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What does this organisation do?
OzHarvest is a not-for-profit, for-impact organisation that nourishes disadvantaged children, youth and adults with nutritious food, education and engagement through our innovative programs. OzHarvest rescues surplus food from restaurants, retailers, food outlets and corporate kitchens and delivers that good food, at no cost, to charities who feed vulnerable men, women and children in need.
OzHarvest was founded in Australia in November 2004 to address two fundamental challenges in society - the staggering waste of quality excess food and the growing need for food relief for the vulnerable in our community. Since inception, OzHarvest has made a tremendous impact, and has:
• Rescued and diverted over 20,000 tonnes of quality excess food from going to landfill.
• Delivered the equivalent of 60+ million meals.
• Collected excess food from 2,000+ donors and delivered it to over 900 charitable agencies.
• Saved over 2 billion litres of water (2,906,842,510L) as a result of food rescue.
• Prevented 40,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by diverting food waste.
Our purpose is to Nourish Our Country and we fulfill our purpose through our four pillars:
1. Rescue - excess food and deliver it to those in need
2. Educate - communities vulnerable and non-vulnerable alike
3. Engage - with the corporate sector, communities, and individuals
4. Innovate - BIG ideas
We also provide education, skill development and employment pathways for disadvantaged young people through our programs NEST (Nutrition Education & Sustenance Training) and Nourish (hospitality, job readiness, mentoring and placement program). Engagement is core to our business, and we engage people through our national volunteer program (our “yellow army” of over 1,500 people), and sustainability marketing campaign Think.Eat.Save, with our partners United Nations Environment Programme.
People who are experiencing discrimination or disadvantage due to personal circumstances
We all expect to be treated with respect and afforded the same opportunity. Yet some people experience disadvantage as a result of discrimination.
Low income families and the long term unemployed
Employment is a significant factor in our wellbeing. Employment provides financial independence, improves our physical and mental health, expands our social networks and builds our skills.
On the flip side, long term unemployment or underemployment negatively impacts our wellbeing. It contributes to poor mental and physical health, social isolation and poverty. And it can negatively impact the wellbeing of our children.