OzHarvest opens ‘rescued’ food supermarket
The market advocates on providing ‘rescued’ food and other goods available for everyone, especially those in need, by operating on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ model.
With increasing amounts of food being rescued by OzHarvest daily, CEO and founder Ronni Kahn believes the supermarket provides a new way to connect surplus food that would otherwise go to landfill, with those who might not be reached through their existing service.
“The OzHarvest Market is our latest innovation to tackle food waste and eliminate hunger. It supports [the] purpose to nourish our country, by making sure good food does not go to waste and is available to everyone,” said Kahn.
“If times are tough and you’re in need of food or other goods, you can take what you need, if you can give something, then please do, it could even be your time or skills.”
OzHarvest is currently testing the ground-breaking project. The donated retail space from TOGA contributed to pushing through with the project. The transformed Addison Hotel on Anzac Parade now offers pop-up accommodation for vulnerable youth.
“There are lots of opportunities for people to get involved and give back to the local community, from volunteer hours in the market, stacking shelves and cleaning. We would love to see more OzHarvest Markets pop-up as those in the industry are inspired by TOGA’s initiative” said Kahn.
TOGA Group of Companies managing director Allan Vidor said the uniqueness of The Addison Project is the collaboration between a number of organisations within one complex and TOGA is thrilled to have OzHarvest join this great initiative.
“This alliance will strengthen the support available at The Addison Project to young people as they set out on the journey to get back on their feet,” Vidor said.
The OzHarvest Market is powered by volunteers and will be open weekdays from 10 am-2 pm for as long as the site is available at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington, NSW 2033.