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Food Waste to Good Use

We live such a disposable lifestyle and it can be easily forgotten that there are many people who struggle in life.

Many disadvantaged people do not know where their next meal is coming from and it is due to some wonderful companies throughout the world that these sufferers can find relief.

OzHarvest, is just one charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. They gather food from restaurants, cafes, supermarkets, caterers, function centres, hotels, delis and food wholesalers and distribute it to charities and those in need.

It is a marvellous concept that serves many purposes. Most importantly, it helps people suffering, gives them a meal and a sense of hope. It brings the community together and instills a belief that we can help one another. Lastly, it manages waste effectively.

Millions of tons of food is thrown out everyday and ends up as rotting landfill. Redistributing excess food is a very resourceful way of waste management.

‘On average, every kilogram of food that OzHarvest rescues will avoid 2 kg of greenhouse (kg CO2-eq) emissions, and avoid the consumption of 143 litres of water.’

Feeding America is a national company that redistributes food throughout America. They have a network of 200 member food banks across the country and they supply more than 3 billion pounds of food and grocery products annually.

Hunger issues are not just problems for the third world countries. Look to your local council or communities to see what programs they have in place. You can donate food money or even volunteer to help with their charitable organization.

If more big business looked at strategies like this, we could not only reduce waste significantly, but we could have a greater sense of community.

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