Launched in 2010, OzHarvest Newcastle now has three vans rescuing food from Raymond Terrace, to Maitland, to Cessnock, to Wyong. Food rescue operations are stronger than ever, with over 140,000 meals delivered every month.
OzHarvest cooked meals program creates and delivers around 500-600 frozen, ready-to-eat meals every week for vulnerable communities in Newcastle. To provide additional food relief during COVID-19, more than 6,700 hampers were distributed to people in need throughout the Hunter region – that’s almost 250,000 meals!
OzHarvest has partnered with Lendlease to expand our Nourish program to Newcastle. Nourish provides opportunities for at-risk youth (aged 16–25) by mentoring and training students in a Certificate II in Kitchen Operations. The program offers more than just hospitality skills as it creates hope, opportunity and employment pathways for self-sustainability.
In February 2021, Nourish launched in Newcastle thanks to Lendlease. This three-year partnership will fund the launch of Nourish Newcastle, while also supporting the program nationally. Read about the launch here.
FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training) is a curriculum aligned program aimed at year 5 and 6 students. FEAST runs for 7-10 weeks and is a STEM project-based learning program focusing on food and sustainability. The teacher-led program can be adapted and changed to suit your school’s needs.
Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food.
OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is a hands-on cooking class open to corporate groups. Led by our talented OzHarvest chefs, teams get busy in the kitchen transforming rescued ingredients into gourmet meals, which then get delivered to local charities.
In OzHarvest Newcastle, we are able to accommodate groups of 16 people per session for morning sessions (start 9.30am) and afternoon sessions (starts 1.30pm) on Tuesdays and Thursdays.