It’s not everyday that you get a free hot lunch.
But yesterday wasn’t everyday; 5000 members of the public were invited to have a free hot lunch in Sydney’s Martin Place in an event by OzHarvest aptly named ‘Feeding the 5000’. All the food was made from fresh rescued ingredients which would have likely been wasted as landfill just because they were cosmetically imperfect. The event aimed to highlight how easy it is to reduce the unimaginable level of food wastage both in Australia and internationally, as well as how anyone can help. It also showed just how people could be fed with the amount of food that would otherwise have been wasted.
Founded by Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest is a food rescue charity that believes good food should not go to waste. And why should it, when we consider how much resources are dedicated to produce a kilogram of food? According to OzHarvest, for every kilogram of food rescued, it is estimated that 2kg of greenhouse gases are avoided and a further 143 litres of water are not consumed. Astonishing!
OzHarvest is also the only food rescue charity of its kind in Australia, collecting perishable foods and delivering them to those in need of them on a daily basis at no cost. All of this is of course made possible by a very dedicated and passionate team of volunteers behind OzHarvest.
The event being just round the corner from Looloo HQ, we decided to go check out the event as a team. It was certainly food for the stomach and for the soul; it’s very hard to imagine that all of this delicious food we were eating, courtesy of some of the top chefs in Sydney who had volunteered for the event, could have just been thrown away without a second thought.
If this event has roused your curiosity, you might also like to check out this awesome TED talk by Tristram Stuart. It might just give you more food for thought!
P.S. Psst… Stay tuned to our facebook page for a very special announcement for our upcoming event!