July 29, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
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.
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.
Today, 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.
Photo 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!
Most people made a small donation in appreciation for the Super Hero Feeding the 5000 Event.
What 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.”
I 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!