Education is crucial to OzHarvest to help enable positive change. Our education goal is to strengthen community connections, improve life skills, and increase healthy eating and food waste awareness with a range of programs to inspire primary school kids, ‘at risk’ youth and families in need.


FEAST is a curriculum aligned education program, inspiring kids to eat healthy food, waste less and be change-makers in their local communities. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food!

The program teaches year 5 and 6 students about food waste, sustainability and nutrition using hands-on cooking and inquiry based learning. It offers professional learning for teachers through an on-site training day at OzHarvest, or with the online training module that is quick and easy to complete.



The Nourish Program is a hospitality focused employment and engagement pathway for at-risk youth aged 16-25. The 18-week program blends foundation skills and industry training to prepare participants for study, work and self-sufficiency.

Students are drawn from agencies who receive food relief, schools, job service providers, youth support organisations and youth health services. The program is no cost for participants, who are eligible to receive a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations upon successful completion. Nourish also covers healthy eating, sustainability and job-search skills and is delivered with the support of Registered Training Organisations, qualified industry professionals, volunteers and mentors.

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NEST is a six-week nutrition and health education program, teaching adults easy ways to cook and eat healthily on a budget through a series of practical and fun workshops.

The NEST program includes demographic specific learning and teacher resources, designed to improve the participant experience. The highlight is a beautiful NEST Everyday Cookbook packed full of easy, budget-friendly, delicious and nutritious recipes (all of which cost less than $3.00 per serve), given to every NEST participant. All ingredients and step-by-step instructions are photo based, so it is accessible to low literacy and non-English speaking adults, who form a large part of the demographic we support.