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The Great Food Rescue Race

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by Jenny Rossiter (subscribe)
Writer, photographer, educator, explorer of places new, with a passion for adding fun back into life.
Race, think, cook; so others can simply eat
Nobody likes to see food thrown out when there are so many hungry people in need. Fruit en Route deliver delicious local fresh fruit and vegetables to customers. Their service does not stop there. They care for the wider community by donating unsold produce to OzHarvest.

Fruit en Route, OzHarvest
Jack Howard from OzHarvest collects fresh produce from Fruit en Route owners Ivan Siegmann and Bec Cook. Photograph by DV Siegmann

OzHarvest prevent perishable food from becoming wasted landfill by collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets. It is then delivered to 600 different charities that provide assistance to vulnerable men, women and children.

OzHarvest is the only food rescue organisation in Australia. They source food from all types of food providers including: fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, catering companies, farmers, stadiums, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, corporate events, film and TV sets and boardrooms.

The brain child of Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest was born in 2004. In order to offer the food delivery service she had to engage lawyers and lobby state governments. Following the Civil Liabilities Amendment Act surplus food can now be donated to charitable causes without fear of liability. Ronni Kahn was named Australia's Local Hero of the Year in 2010 and has gone on to win other recognition.

Every day in Australia, their 26 trucks collect 56 tonnes of food to deliver to 600 community organisations that distribute food to those in need. Thirty million meals have been donated to date. The Adelaide figures are also impressive: three vans on the road from Aldinga to Gawler, with a fourth rescue van entering service soon. OzHarvest rescue and deliver 130,000 meals per week.

You don't have to be in the food business to support the wonderful work of OzHarvest. The Great Food Rescue Race is a new fun way for individuals to team together and embrace food-rescue, helping to raise much needed funds for OzHarvest.

The Great Food Rescue Race is a foot race with food and food-rescue challenges through the Adelaide CBD.

OzHarvest, The Great Food Rescue Race
Food Challenge in action
Photographs by TP Prior

Register a team to race.
You will:

race between a series of iconic Adelaide food establishments and food rescue themed Race Stations

be challenged to learn more about food security and homelessness

test your food and nutrition knowledge

be inspired and surprised by local food identities that support the work of OzHarvest

rescue, deliver and cook with surplus food

embrace food, community, sustainability, collaboration and fun!

OzHarvest, The Great Food Rescue Race
John Phalen tackles a Food Challenge
Tuckers Natural Pre-Race Fundraising Kit
Photographs by TP Prior and JA Rossiter

The Great Food Rescue Race was launched by Santos' Community and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager John Phalen (pictured above). John said, 'Santos is pleased to support the great work of OzHarvest through this fantastic inaugural community event and shine some light on food rescue, and what it means for vulnerable men, women and children across Adelaide'.

Race Categories
Teams can compete for one of four race categories:

Nimble Noodles - the fastest team

Clever Carrots - most accurate score

Benevolent Baguettes - most funds raised by an individual team

Overall race winner

Teams are encouraged to raise funds for their team before the event and see their name on the Leaderboard.

Hayley Everuss, State Manager of OzHarvest said 'The Great Food Rescue Race is all about celebrating the things that make Adelaide such a great place to live we love our food, our neighbours, our sense of community, and we rightly are so proud of the amazing food businesses that are making a big name for themselves from here. We wanted to create a regular annual event that helps to connect people with that - to feed their inner foodie while also helping people who are finding it hard to fill their own plate.'

You will be helping to increase the capacity of OzHarvest in Adelaide to rescue and deliver an additional 140,000 meals for local South Australians doing it tough.

The Great Food Rescue Race is supported by:

Santos (Principal Event Partner)

Wines by Hither and Yon

Adelaide Central Market

Adelaide Oval

Andre's Cucina

44 Community Television

Government of South Australia: Community Benefit SA

Hilton Adelaide

Brand South Australia

Tucker's Natural

Splash Adelaide


bigwig advertising and digital

So swap your city shoes for running shoes and enter the Great Food Rescue Race. Register now to race together for food rescue in November!

*Jenny Rossiter was an invited guest at the Media Launch.

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Why? Feel good about minising food wastage
and helping feed those who are hungry.
Every team entry equals another 500 meals delivered.
When: Friday 6 November 2015, 2.00-6.00pm
Phone: 08 8162 9553
Where: Victoria Square/ Tarntanyangga
Cost: $250 per team of 5. This includes your yellow race t-shirt
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