Bridge Gives is our initiative aimed at giving back to the community. We’ve been so impressed with OzHarvest and the tireless work they do feeding people in need, so we were more than happy to team up with them again this year to cook up a storm and deliver some goodness to people who are less fortunate than most of us.
OzHarvest is 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 800 charities providing much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across the country. OzHarvest was founded in 2004 and since then the organisation has delivered over 50 million meals.
On the day, we used rescued ingredients from Woolworths Online and Aldi to make a beef ragout, a pearl barley salad and two varieties of ravioli di zuccho. We enjoyed making our own pasta dough and were surprised by how easy it was. The competitive side came out when it was time to prepare the ravioli… who could make the best shape and size?
We found the day very rewarding and with all hands on deck, lots of laughter and support from the chefs, the time in the kitchen flew by. In only a few hours we prepared over 100 fresh and nutritious meals that were delivered that afternoon to the good people at Church 117.
One of the aims of OzHarvest is to educate and raise awareness about food waste, food rescue, food security and sustainability. Did you know that Australians throw out one out of every five shopping bags, which equates to every Australian household throwing out $1,036 worth of groceries each year! Nevertheless, almost 90% of agencies reported not having enough food to meet total demand. 6 in 10 agencies require at least 25% more food, and 3 in 10 agencies require twice as much food to feed the hungry.
We learnt a lot from our time in the kitchen and we encourage you to think about the food you buy day-to-day and how you can help to reduce our nation’s food waste habits. To find out more about OzHarvest, or to learn how you can get involved, visit www.ozharvest.org.
The Bridge Team
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