Since 2010, OzHarvest Newcastle has rescued more than a million kilograms of food from across the region and in turn provided more than 3 million meals to the Hunter's most vulnerable people. In celebration of five years in the Hunter, nib foundation joined other partners and supporters at a fundraising luncheon in Newcastle.
As a founding partner we were proud to be part of celebrations at Merewether Surf House on Sunday 18 October to mark OzHarvest's five-year milestone. The day was a great success with guests enjoying delicious food from the region's top chefs and more importantly raising money to help people in need.
OzHarvest relies on support from the local community to deliver its services. In the past financial year alone the organisation received food donations from 180 local businesses across the Hunter. Every donation, be it food, financial or in-kind support, allows the charity to provide meals to underprivileged people who may feel otherwise forgotten.
The on-reach of OzHarvest's program is incredible. Not only does the charity's food rescue initiative provide quality meals to those who need it most, and deliver environmental outcomes by diverting food waste from landfill. It also enables service agencies to reduce their food budget and redirect this funding to other vital services such as case management and education programs.
Critical to OzHarvest's success is their army of volunteers who work each day to deliver food to more than 70 local agencies that collectively provides assistance to the most vulnerable members of our community.
We have been so impressed with the efficiency and impact of OzHarvest's model during our 5 year partnership with OzHarvest Newcastle, that we are pleased to have recently provided a grant of $150,000 during 2015-18 to help OzHarvest establish and grow its WA service in Perth.