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There is such a thing as a free lunch
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You are all invited to a free hot lunch on Monday, 21 July 2014, between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

The meal is brought to you by OzHarvest. This is an amazing organization that takes still good food that would have ended up as landfill (because we are such a wasteful society), and transforms it into a delectable meal.

Lunch is on them but they hope you will also get the message of "Waste not. Want not." Or in other words the importance of reducing food waste in our society.

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It's estimated that Australians throw away about 20% of the food they buy. That's the equivalent of buying five bags of groceries and then throwing one out of every five away and that's close to three million tonnes of food waste per year. And think about what the supermarkets, bakeries, factories, restaurants and farms throw out as well.

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Source OzHarvest: I love this image because this is a fabulous apple. One of the thousands that get thrown out because supermarkets believe people won't buy less than perfect looking food. I think it looks delicious.

OzHarvest, in partnership with United Nations Environment Program (UNEP), will feed thousands. It has been done before and not just in the Bible when Jesus somehow managed to feed 5000 with five loaves and two fish.

OzHarvest has been running the event for a couple of years now when they treat city crowds to a free lunch.
Feeding the 5000.

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Source OzHarvest

It involves celebrity chefs donating their time to cook a free lunch as well as the army of volunteers that help them.

You even get politicians rolling up their sleeves to help.

Source ABC: Ronnie Kahn with one of her collection vans (Ozharvest)

The video below is of the Sydney event and gives you some idea of what is in store for you and just what a worthwhile exercise this is:

The event will be on in the following cities. All events are on Monday 21st July 2014 between 11.30am and 2.30pm.

It is important to note that while this is a free meal you do need to book a ticket. Please see details below.


The event will be happening at the well-loved Federation Square.

Book tickets here.


Event at Martin Place

Menu may include soup, tagine and pilaf along with homemade lemonade, all made from produce that would have ended up as landfill.There will also be a pop up Garden of Goodness and a Harvest Hub fruit and veg stall. See Martin Place transformed into a bustling city kitchen and market space.


Event held at the University of Adelaide.

Event includes a pop up garden and a panel discussion with experts on food sustainablity and food security.

Book tickets here.


St Stephen's Cathedral
249 Elizabeth St

Special guests for this event include Jamie Whincup, V8 Supercar Champion who will be driving the OzHarvest van and rescuing and delivering the surplus food for this feast.

Book tickets here

Here is also an interesting article on the OZHarvest cookbook which helps you to use what you have.

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Why? To help prevent food waste which is creating a global crisis
When: 21st July 2014 11.30am - 2.30pm.
Phone: 1800 108 006. 108 006.
Where: Various see article
Cost: Free but you do need to book a ticket through Eventbrite
Your Comment
The link to book your tickets for Sydney:
by Bites to Share (score: 1|11) 1941 days ago
Hi, The Newcastle event will be held in at Hunter Street Mall - with registration through the same eventbrite site - would you be able to add this to the listing for us? Thanks!
by jane. (score: 0|5) 1925 days ago
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