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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.


The Impact

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

  • over 500,000 kg of food rescued since 2010, equating to more than 1.6 million meals;
  • 5,000 kilograms of food rescued each week that would otherwise go to landfill;
  • 15,000 meals delivered each week to 80 local refuges and charities across Newcastle, Lake Macquarie, Maitland and Raymond Terrace;
  • relationships established with over 160 local businesses who generously donate food each week.

As part of a Newcastle Knights and nib promotion of OzHarvest in July 2014, Knights player Robbie Rochow headed out with the OzHarvest crew to find out more about the program. You can watch his story here

For more information visit www.ozharvest.org

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.


"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.