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Catering with Care | How You Can help
Guest Post by Shannon Richardson | Corporate Engagement Coordinator
This year has started like no other. First the devastating fires and floods, followed by COVID-19, which have left more people than ever in need of food relief. Across the country, Australians are struggling to put food on the table, kids are going to school with empty bellies and many are living in isolation without access to food. There are so many people who have never faced this level of hardship before now and are unsure of what the future holds for them.
With the support of the government and generosity of the Australian community, OzHarvest has been able to provide emergency food relief for countless people in need and help address the drastic increase in demand for our service.
Food for Good
Since March, OzHarvest has ramped up its food rescue service and has delivered more than 17 million meals with our fleet of yellow vans. The OzHarvest App has facilitated the collection of more than 246,000 meals and our amazing chefs in the OzHarvest kitchens, along with our ‘Hospitality Heroes’, have produced more than 433,000 cooked meals.
New ‘pop up’ services have been introduced to help feed vulnerable members of the community like international students and the elderly, with more than 54,500 hampers distributed. The two new Mobile Markets are helping to get food to 22 regional locations and bushfire affected areas, and with the generous help of City of Sydney, we have just launched another “take what you need, give if you can” OzHarvest Market, this time in Waterloo.
Founder and CEO Ronni Kahn AO joined OzHarvest staff and volunteers to help give out hampers and serve hot soup from the Food Truck to the local community at the first Hamper Hub at the Waterloo Neighbourhood Centre in April.
The OzHarvest Food Truck has not been able to cater for the usual private or corporate events during this time but instead was redeployed to serve heart-warming meals to vulnerable communities.
How can you help?
The OzHarvest Food Truck has a unique ‘buy one, give one’ offering, whereby all private or corporate events booked allow a hot lunch to be provided directly to feed vulnerable communities. Clients can now choose the charity that receives a free hot lunch on their behalf. This new addition has been welcomed by many Food Truck clients, including Harrison who nominated the Asylum Seekers Centre, when he hired the Food Truck for his 21st birthday. 200 vulnerable people enjoyed a great lunch as a result of his 21st, and we even sent him some photos of the event to say thanks.
The OzHarvest Food Truck is now taking enquiries for bookings at the end of 2020 and into next year. We are registered as a COVID Safe Business and have a detailed COVID Safe plan in place to ensure the safety of guests and the Food Truck team at events. We look forward to getting back on the road and seeing you soon!
For more info on how you can book, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Guest post by Shannon Richardson | Corporate Engagement Coordinator
Shannon has always had a love for Food Trucks – their festival vibes, funky set-ups and always a quirky chef on board. Being able to blend her passion for sustainability and social justice with her love for Food Trucks has been a dream come true at OzHarvest. In between liaising with clients and taste-testing the new menus, you’ll find Shannon catching some downtime with her beautiful cavoodle Norman and planning her next adventure.