Established in 2014, OzHarvest Cairns is a team of 30, passionate and committed volunteers preventing food waste and hunger in FNQ. In 2 years, OzHarvest Cairns has prevented over 60 tonnes of quality surplus food from being wasted – the equivalent of 180,000 meals – that were instead delivered to 17 local charities and schools who provide food relief for the vulnerable in our community.

OzHarvest Cairns has received overwhelming support from local businesses such as Rusty’s Markets, Mungalli Creek Dairy, Gate Gourmet, Novotel Oasis, Pacific Hotel, Harrison’s and NuNu Restaurants and the Cairns Regional Council who agree that good food should not be wasted while hunger exists in our community.

As part of a long term solution to reducing food insecurity amongst individuals in FNQ, OzHarvest Cairns has delivered OzHarvest’s NEST program which provides nutritional education and basic cooking skills to those who may face food insecurity.

OzHarvest Cairns regularly engages the community in issues of food waste and food security at events such as the Eco Fiesta, Carnival on Collins and Tastes of Port Douglas. This year, Cairns joined 10 other OzHarvest chapters around the country to host a Think.Eat.Save event.

If you are motivated to reduce food waste and hunger in the Cairns community or wish to support the important work we do, please contact:


Chapter Coordinator

OzHarvest Cairns

M: 0412 784 781 E:

Our OzHarvest Cairns team rescues 300-1000kg of fresh produce from Rusty's Markets each week!
The OzHarvest Cairns ute is busy collecting surplus food around Cairns.
OzHarvest Cairns are the recipient charity of the annual Harrison's Restaurant Melbourne Cup Luncheon
OzHarvest delivers a generous donation of 50 Christmas puddings from Pinnacle Foods
OzHarvest Cairns delivers NEST at the Manoora Community Centre
Spreading the word about food waste at Eco Fiesta 2016
Fruit cycling and fun at Taste of Port Douglas

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