Food harvest

>> Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Today, I discovered OzHarvest organisation (based in Australia), who 'collect and distribute excess food at no cost to the food donor or the recipient charity.' What an amazing idea! I've often thought about it's a good act for commercial food outlet to donate their excess food to people in need of food, and I know there are organisations that organize soup kitchen for the homeless etc, but combine the two - you have it!  I quote the webiste "OzHarvest believes that good food should not go to waste. In fact, by distributing it to those in need, we turn excess food into a resource and save thousands of kilograms of food from being dumped as landfill each year." I love it! They have rescued 15 million meals from going to landfills.

Here are some more info (copied and pasted from 3 different pages) on this organisation taken from their website:

"They offer to take food from:
Cafe
Supermarket
Caterer
Function centre manager
Tourist operator
Hotelier
Food wholesaler
Retailer of food
Restaurant owner
Deli owner or
Other food provider

OzHarvest provides food to over 260 charities across Sydney and Wollongong,55 in Newcastle, 47 in Adelaide and 22 in Brisbane. These charities provide support to many individuals in need, including:
children and youth at risk who may have been abused or have nowhere else to go
single parents with no support
older men and women who have trouble making ends meet
those who are homeless
marginalised indigenous men, women and children
refugees looking for a better life
those who are going through drug and alcohol rehabilitation
women who are escaping domestic violence; and
families with low incomes who need help to get by.

It's safe to donate.
Members of the community who donate food to charities are protected from civil liability.
Food donors in New South Wales are protected from civil liability under Part 8A of the Civil Liability Act 2002 (NSW).
In general, this Act protects food donors from civil liability where food is donated for a charitable purpose with the intention that the consumer will not have to pay for the food, and where the food was safe to consume at the time of donation."

So, anyone keen to start a KL chapter?

2 comments:

nMJ January 25, 2013 at 2:15 PM  

Salam.

There is currently a similar movement, if I'm not mistaken under the Mercy Mission flagship called CharityRight. You can see their details at charityright.com. So far, they are steadily gaining momentum, though right now only in Klang Valley area.

I also know that the Kuantan YB does similar things with the local pasar borong items at the end of the day. They get the food from the vendors at the end of the day, veggies, fish et al and then repackage them and give to the needy and poor.

May Allah preserve these people and make us part of group of those who do good to others as well inshaAllah.

Siti February 4, 2013 at 4:00 PM  

Salam nMJ,
Thanks for pointing out. I've liked CharityRight's FB page and will be following them :) I like that they have the 'kenduri alert' system.
I haven't looked up the Kuantan YB story, but what's he/she's (haha - I don't even know who!) doing is commendable. One person CAN make a difference.

And a big AMIN to you doa :)

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