Ronni Khan, a South African born Sydneysider, saw this problem way back and decided to act on it. She formed OzHarvest ten years ago. The good news is that her organisation has done so much for so many and more of that in a minute. The bad news is that waste continues to exist on huge scales all over the world, with parts of that world growing hungry and barely able to eke out a living, while other parts are throwing away good food in unprecedented scales.
Ronni Khan realized the scale of the problem and she was determined to do what she could to make things better for others. She launched OzHarvest and collected food and took it to agencies who could better use it. She lobbied governments and changed legislation, she spoke at venues and campaigned ceaselessly. Every day, 32 vans go out and rescue food and deliver it to over 600 agencies, the equivalent of 100,000 meals. Food rescue is still her aim, but now she also focuses on better education and better understanding of how this wastage is also affecting the environment.
So there is a lot going on – from educating vulnerable people how to make the most of what they have, to programmes designed to break inter generational poverty and to provide education and employment for the younger people.
On June 4th to 5th, which is World Environment Day, they are setting out to get 10,000 pledges from individuals who are committed to changing food waste habits.
They have also started Harvested cafe in Sydney - Australia's first food rescue pop up café, serving good food from seasonal vegetables and fruit which have not made the grade for supermarkets or other outlets. Every dollar raised allows two meals to be delivered to those in need. So how can people help?
By pressing on the button, which will give you a number of ways of donating or volunteering.
Or if you live outside town, go to where communities are taught how to rescue food with their REAP programmes.