Think.Eat.Save. OzHarvest Feed the 5000

Today I was lucky enough to join hundreds of volunteers as part of Feeding the 5,000 in Martin Place, Sydney and wanted to share some details.

Did you know? Australian's throw away $7.8 billion worth of edible food every year! That just seems like madness to me!!

I couldn't believe this figure and jumped at the opportunity to get involved in raising awareness of food wastage in Australia.

Feeding the 5,000 is an event run by OzHarvest, one of Australia's leading food-rescue organisations that was named the official Australian partner of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) global campaign - Think.Eat.Save.

Today some of Sydney's top chefs and hundreds of volunteers served up meals at no cost to 5,000 members of the public. All the food was made from rescued ingredients that would otherwise have been wasted, such as fresh but 'mis-shapen' or 'wonky' vegetables that might have not made the supermarket shelves.

We kicked off about 8.30am and it wasn't until about 2pm, after shifting boxes all morning and smelling all the delicious food on offer, that I realised I was starving myself and sampled a few of the curries and desserts on offer, and I have to say the food was amazing! It was a fantastic event to be involved in and it really highlighted how easy it is to reduce food waste.

I would have to say the biggest thing that I got out of it was the number of people that came up to say thank you. Everyone from the homeless to well dressed executives really seemed appreciative of all that OzHarvest does. It really was quite humbling.

Visit the OzHarvest website if you want to find out more about the organisation or how to get involved in other events.

Please click here to view The Adviser Press Release.