OzHarvest have expanded to prevent food waste and spread goodness in the South of Adelaide! We are so pleased to officially welcome ‘Marigold’ to the OzHarvest family of food rescue vehicles.
Thursday the 28th of August it was our great pleasure to officially launch Marigold and celebrate the addition of our third van with the local community in the City of Onkaparinga. An incredible thank you to the Colonnades Shopping Centre for presenting the van to the local community and contributing $50,000 towards the new van and driver.
Colonnades Centre Manager Zoltan Heinrich said teaming up with OzHarvest was a natural choice for the centre. “It made perfect sense to us because OzHarvest can help the southern community on so many levels – for those who struggle to feed themselves or their families, retailers who see good food go to waste each day simply because they can’t sell it the next day, and for the environment,” Mr Heinrich said.
“As centre manager I’ve seen first-hand the quality of surplus produce that can be generated in a retail environment and so it is satisfying to know that now OzHarvest can provide an alternative that will directly benefit the local community.”
Colonnades retailers Baker’s Delight and Banana Palm will support the south’s first food rescue operation, donating bread, buns and fruit and vegetables to the Salvation Army at Noarlunga.
Incredible support from industry leaders, Australian Hotels Association, and the generosity of the Jarvis Group and Home Grain Bakery has allowed this project to come to life, helping to secure a brand new vehicle, an additional driver and operational support for the expanding food rescue program. We could also not have achieved this without the support of so many other individuals and local businesses who have embraced OzHarvest.
The launch of the third van happened short after we celebrated a huge milestone of delivering the equivalent of 2 million meals in central and northern Adelaide. The addition of Marigold enables us to provide a truly city-wide food rescue service within less than four years of OzHarvest beginning in Adelaide – never would we have anticipated that OzHarvest would grow so quickly in such a short timeframe!
We look forward to spreading goodness in the south! If you see Marigold on the road why not give her a toot?