An average of almost 300kg of food per person is wasted every year in Australia.
OzHarvest, Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, is helping to reduce food waste and rescues more than 500kg from Hornsby supermarkets each week. T
he local OzHarvest van collects food and drops off hampers to local charities. Last week, OzHarvest was joined by Matt Kean MP.
“I saw first-hand the great work OzHarvest are doing in Hornsby, collecting food that is still in good condition and delivering it to people in need,” said Mr Kean.
NSW OzHarvest State Manager Richard Watson said, “OzHarvest picks up surplus food that can’t be sold from a number of Hornsby locations including Woolworths at Hornsby and Thornleigh.” Mr Watson continued,
“Our food rescue operations in the Hornsby area allow us to provide 1500 meals every week to support four charities that help to feed people in the local community.”
Food waste costs Australia $20 billion a year and Mr Kean is encouraging all Hornsby locals to do what they can to reduce their food waste.
“I am encouraging everyone to look at what they buy and ensure they are not throwing out excess every week. It is not only good for the environment but good for the hip pocket,” Mr Kean said.
For more information on OzHarvest you can visit their website www.ozharvest.org/
Article appeared in The Bush Telegraph Weekly