While the last couple of month have been a trying time for every single one of us, there are those who have had it harder than others. The people in our community who are unable to afford food for their families for example. Those who live in refuges and are unable to return home, aged care services who can’t have food delivered, now is the hardest time of all.
Which is where OzHarvest come in and at the moment, they too need the help of the community and it comes in the form of the Here for Hope campaign.
Coming off the back of the horrific bushfire season, the not-for-profit business are experiencing an overwhelming need for for food relief, at a time when their resources are more limited than ever.
So what can you do?
You can donate to support vital food rescue services at www.hereforhope.com.au or pledge to make a small donation in connection with your continuing business activities (e.g. $1 from each transaction – that’s 2 meals for someone in need) or, if a monetary donation isn’t possible for you right now, you can share the campaign with your networks and get the word out that they need financial help to keep operating.
In case you aren’t aware of the work OzHarvest do, here’s a little recap.
They are the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia that collects quality excess food from more than 2,000 commercial outlets and delivers it, direct and free of charge, to more than 1,300 charities.
They deliver this food (that would otherwise be tossed) to vulnerable men, women and children across Australia.
The surplus of food is collected from all types of providers including fruit and vegetable markets, supermarkets, hotels, wholesalers, farmers, stadiums, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms. Just imagine the waste of leftovers!
The organisation was founded in November 2004 by Ronni Kahn who has been working tirelessly ever since.
So if you can help, please do.
$20 provides 40 meals, $50 provides 100 meals and up it goes.
You can choose to donate as a one-off or on a continual basis and know that when you do, you’ll be changing the life of someone who really needs some support right now.
And helping each other is the very best thing we can do.
Take care out there.
Words by Kirra Smith