‘At 45, I decided that I wanted to do something significant with my life and realised that I had the skills to set up an organisation that would rescue some of that good food and deliver it to those in need.’ Ronni Kahn
A simple idea of ‘rescuing’ good food from food producers, manufacturers, delicatessens, take-aways, hotels, boardrooms, caterers and events has not only helped feed thousands of people in need but addressed other major community issues. The concept of OzHarvest, introduced by Ronni Kahn, also saves good food from going to landfill. It’s estimated that more than $7.8 billion dollars worth of good food goes to waste every year and every kilogram of food wasted also wastes energy, water, fuel and resources embedded in the production process. To help enhance the vision on OzHarvest, Ronni and her team have recently created an online ‘toolkit’ called REAP - Rescuing Excess (with) A Passion - that teaches people how to rescue food and minimise waste benefitting both food donors and recipients. It has also developed an innovative fundraising concept, the CEO Cookoff, which raised more than $1 million in its first year to support OzHarvest’s work.