OzHarvest Be a Souper Hero Feeding the 5000 Event

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July 29, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson

Think-eat-save-OzharvestThe other day, I introduced you to OzHarvest Australia when as an Elite reviewer for Yelp Adelaide, we took part in Cooking For a Cause Australia.

Not only did the event open my eyes to “the fact” that one in every four bags of groceries Australians buy end up being thrown out!

For whatever reasons, Aussies also “buy more food than they need“; “most do not understand the purpose of use-by and best buy before dates” (future blog post

coming ) and MOST importantly, people “do not fully understand and realize the impact of food wastage.”

Today’s inaugural Feeding the 5000 Event run by OzHarvest (the official Australian partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) on the global Think.Eat.Save – Reduce your Foodprint campaign), on the University of Adelaide Campus ran simultaneously in Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide.
Food-waste resdistribute-meals Did YOU know? 

The aim of the event was to “educate all people consumers and sellers alike.”

The OzHarvest volunteers are always SO happy, SO passion about food wastage and are on hand to answer any questions about ways to save excess food from ending up in landfills.
Oz-Harvest-volunteersToday, also provided the opportunity to meet Adelaide food blogger Xin from Adelaidefoodies and discuss what we BOTH are passionate about — all things food (which included food wastage); supporting and promoting local South Australian businesses and local produce via our blogs; like the produce collected from the Adelaide Central Markets and the Adelaide Showgrounds Markets to make seasonal portions of soup.
Joanne-Xin-jpgPhoto taken courtesy of Emily Bryson (OzHarvest’s Organization Administrator; above photo left hand side) by my Canon DSLR 600D 18-55mm f/4-26 lens.

People had a choice of Pumpkin Soup (my fave), Hearty Vegetable and Tomato Soup topped with choice of parsley and cheese, served with fresh bread; smiles by the volunteers were free!
Oz-Harvest-soup Pumpkin-soupMost people made a small donation in appreciation for the Super Hero Feeding the 5000 Event.
Soup-heroWhat another GREAT event for a GREAT cause am “PASSIONATELY EXCITED” to say!

All in all, I think OzHarvest’s aim was “more than achieved!

Most importantly (aside from the yummy soup ), people became “more aware” not only of food wastage, but what else they CAN do to help too!

One can Make a Donation, Leave a Bequest and/ or purchase the OzHarvest Cookbook which features “food rescue’ recipes from 44 of the country’s most celebrated chefs.”
Oz-Harvest-cookbookI recently found out at the Cooking For A Cause Event (thanks to cook Silvia Hart — owner of The Seasonal Garden Cafe, that I can now re-use my garlic peels, top with olive oil for garlic infused oil to use in my cooking!

I recently also tried a recipe I found online that utilizes the carrot green tops (the leaves) that was “healthy and delicious” too!

Look forward to me discovering and uncovering other food gems and recipes to suggest ways to minimize food wastage of foods that would simply be binned and end up in landfills.

I would LOVE hearing any suggestions in the comments section with any ways YOU can “suggest” to re-use foods that you would normally end up throwing on a compost or in the bin.

What soup could YOU suggest that can be made with donated excess food?

One person, one community, one business CAN make a difference too!

Spreading the word about the WONDERFUL ways OzHarvest MAKES a difference in people’s lives, I am “PASSIONATE” and “ENTHUSIASTIC” to do!
Hungry-heart

 

14 thoughts on “OzHarvest Be a Souper Hero Feeding the 5000 Event

  1. Good to learn more about Oz Harvest – thanks for posting this!

  2. holly says:

    What a great event! I love the idea of teaching people how to not waste food. Great cause all around!

  3. Catherine says:

    Dear Joanne, This is a good cause. I never understood when people say they don’t eat left overs! You asked for suggestions and I have so many for left overs! Omelets, soups, potato fritters, salads. All made from leftovers. Well, I am sure you already know this since you are first hand dealing with this. Blessings, Catherine

    • Thank you Catherine for your wonderful comments today! I don’t understand it re the leftovers, but know MANY who will not bear to eat leftovers! Thank you for your suggestions, true! I always enjoy through people suggestions and blogs learning something new! 🙂

  4. Joanne, a few years ago I made a banana skin cake. I bet you’d love it! Perhaps you could give it a try? 🙂

  5. Yes, sure Joanne! Nice to meet you today. Food wastage is surely a big thing globally but if we can focus on SA, then we are making our state better in the way to save more food for the people who need them the most. Looking forward to working with you in future with all other issues and projects.

    Re: Central market, I’ll check my schedule this week and next week and will let you know if I need an extra hand from you. Cheers~~

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