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OzHarvest Newcastle


Food Rescue Program


Newcastle and Lower Hunter, NSW



Funding Dates

October 2010 - ongoing

OzHarvest Newcastle rescues good food from supermarkets, clubs, restaurants and function centres and distributes it free of charge to local charities across the region to serve to those in need.

nib foundation is proud to have partnered with OzHarvest since it was established in Newcastle in 2010, and to have helped the charity develop into a local success story that has made a difference to thousands of the Hunter's most vulnerable residents.

In 2013 our funding supported the expansion of OzHarvest Newcastle's services to the Lower Hunter regions of Cessnock and Maitland. In 2016, we supported further expansion into the Port Stephens Local Government Area.

2017 also welcomed the introduction of a third vehicle, increasing OzHarvest's capacity in the Hunter region. This will mean more frequent food pickups and deliveries to an increasing number of partner charities locally.


The Impact

The OzHarvest Newcastle service continues to expand to meet an ever growing demand for food relief. Achievements in 2017 include:

  • Over 308,000kg of food rescued, equating to nearly 925,000 meals;
  • Over 6,000kg of food rescued each week that would otherwise go to landfill;
  • Relationships established with over 270 local food donors;
  • Food delivered to 116 charities across the Hunter, including: Raymond Terrace, Valentine, Williamtown, Maitland, Newcastle, Wyong etc.
  • Delivery of their four millionth meal since inception in 2010

Check out the video below to see our partnership in action and learn more about how the work of OzHarvest helps provide meals to Australians in need every single day.

Success Stories

"The provision of food has been a great blessing to us and has meant we have been able to support many people in the centre, providing good food in a safe, inclusive environment, where they can also access other services," Scott Pilgrim, BCS Hunter Services.

"This is such a great boost to our weekly outreach service provided through the Merrigum Centre. The volunteers who assist in the kitchen and the recipients of the food are full of praise for the quality, quantity and variety of items provided each week," Lorraine Pearce- Adams, Merrigum Centre, Windale.

More Info: www.ozharvest.org

"OzHarvest has made a HUGE difference to our community. Not only do we supply them with fantastic food/meals from OzHarvest we are also able to form relationships with these people that come in to collect OzHarvest and assist them in finding housing, financial counselling and in a variety of other ways,"

Michelle Henderson, Sugar Valley Neighbourhood Centre.