Regular readers will know that I am a BIIIIIG supporter of OzHarvest. I volunteer where I can doing what’s needed and giving professional-skills where it helps.
I do it for love not money.
Love for the concept: rescuing here to feed people there.
So simple. So effective.
Love for community: and a desire to contribute; to make a tangible difference to the lives of others that need it.
Love for food and the dignity and connectedness it creates.
Love for my family: I want to live an example for my kids, show them a broader life view and instill a positive ethos about food waste.
I’ve met some incredible people along the way.
The people who receive the food, from all walks of life.
The partner agencies who give their time and energy to make sure the food rescue chain happens – from farm gate to plate.
The volunteers of OzHarvest who give so generously of their time – and have so much fun doing it.
The staff of OzHarvest, including State Manager Hayley Everuss and the formidable Ronni Kahn I feel honoured and humbled to help as much as I can.
And just to give some context to the impact that OzHarvest has: In SA alone – with just two food collection vehicles and in a short four years – OzHarvest has been rescuing on average 8000kg of good nutritious food every week in South Australia, and delivered more than 2 million meals from 400 central and north Adelaide food businesses to 70 recipient charitable agencies.
No small bikkies.
So it was a happy day that I headed South to the Ongkaparinga region in SA, both kids in tow, to welcome the new OzHarvest food rescue van.
Significant because it represents growth, and also that OzHarvest is now a truly Adelaide-wide operation, from North to South and inner city in between.
Lovingly named MARIGOLD the new vehicle primarily is to be dedicated to the southern suburbs – from Marion to Aldinga – and enable OzHarvest to offer a truly city-wide food rescue service.
And that means more good food in more tummies, less good food in landfill.
Now THAT’S something to celebrate.
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