July 26, 2013 by Joanne T Ferguson
I was previously a food waster and based on my Yelp Adelaide Cooking For A Cause – OzHarvest, I have reformed my ways and am “inspired” (thanks to cook Silvia Hart and South Australian state co-ordinator for OzHarvest Hayley Everuss) to minimize food waste through recycling foods, and/or re-creating others ways to use.
While I am not usually “a statistics kind of gal“, I thought you might like to know an “astounding” 35 TONNES of excess food is collected by the wonderful volunteers of OzHarvest which operates in Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle, Melbourne and Adelaide!
The food that is collected is delivered to over 500 charities.
In June this year, OzHarvest Adelaide rescued “their 1,000,000th” meal.
For those who have not previously heard of OzHarvest, it is a non profit charity that was founded in 2004.
In turn, the excess food collected enables the charities to utilize funding in other programs for the less fortunate.
Did you know you can re-use garlic peels? I previously discarded…YOU?
Do you use the greens of celeriac? I previously discarded too!
Did you know you can add apple pulp from juicing (skins and all) instead of sugar in a recipe?
Cook Silvia Hart (owner of The Seasonal Garden Café) provided heaps of “hints and tips” and was “inspirational” as can be!
I know Silvia opened my eyes to not only HOW much food is wasted, but also HOW much excess food winds up in landfills that we never get to use or see!
As part of our Yelp Adelaide Cooking for a Cause – OzHarvest experience, 19 selected Elite reviewers (led by Yelp Adelaide Community Manager Chloe) were selected to cook 100 meals for the homeless.
What I loved on the day (under the guidance of Hayley, Silvia and Chloe), was “the sense of community” our group shared.We cooked, we talked, we listened, we cooked. (Did I mentioned we cooked? lol)
I thought it was fun (and the laughter in the room said it all), that TEAM TOMATO was egging on (no pun lol), TEAM TABOULLEH and TEAM POTATO was making TEAM ONION cry! (tears of joy)
Fresh produce without significant decay, chopped fresh produce, frozen or fresh meat, eggs, bakery items etc.
I “honestly” did not think I wasted a lot of food as wasting food has been a lifelong “pet peeve” for me!
A “VERY BIG” thank you to Hayley, Chloe and Silvia, what this Yelp Adelaide Cooking For A Cause did for me, is make me A LOT “more aware” of how every person, every business, every food event CAN make a difference AND change people’s lives REMARKABLY!
I am EXTREMELY PASSIONATE in my SHOUT OUT today, true!
If you are a café, supermarket, caterer, Function centre manager, Tourist operator, Hotelier, Food Wholesaler, Retail of food, Restaurant owner, Deli owner or other provider of food (not individual homes) reading this post…PLEASE “reach out“, “get involved” “donate your excess food” by contacting OzHarvest Adelaide, Sydney, Brisbane, Newcastle!
Based on reading this today, is there something YOU can do?
I would love to hear your comments about YOUR food wastage and perhaps on behalf of OzHarvest you can visit or phone YOUR local business and get them involved in a GREAT cause that makes a difference!