Food charity organisation OzHarvest has unveiled The OzHarvest Market Waterloo to help the city’s vulnerable have more access to food in Sydney.
The organisation previously launched an initiative, OzHarvest ‘pop up’ Hamper Hub which distributed 600 bags of free groceries and pre-cooked meals to the local community once a week in June and July.
OzHarvest founder and CEO, Ronni Kahn AO said the organisation is working with the City of Sydney and the NSW Land and Housing Corporation on the latest venture.
“The impact of Covid-19 has seen food relief hit an all-time high, with so many men, women and children experiencing food insecurity for the first time ever in their lives. OzHarvest is committed to feeding as many people as possible and has expanded its services, beyond the usual food rescue operations to offer new emergency food relief. We know the importance of providing a nourishing meal. It’s more than just food. It means that families who are struggling will be able to take stronger steps to rebuild their lives during this pandemic,” said Kahn.
Sydney’s lord mayor Clover Moore said the city donated $1 million to OzHarvest to help support vulnerable communities.
“No one should be worried about having enough to eat, but for vulnerable communities the Covid-19 crisis has made accessing affordable, nutritious food even harder than usual. We look forward to seeing the OzHarvest Waterloo Market open and providing hampers and groceries to help people during this challenging time,” she said.
In 2017, the OzHarvest opened its first market in Kensington which now feeds more than 300 customers a day and continued amid the virus lockdown by distributing 1000 free food hampers weekly. The food charity group said that the virus saw the volumes of ‘rescued’ food fluctuate wildly. For the first time in 16 years the organisation had to purchase food – particularly non-perishable products – to meet the surge in demand.
The new OzHarvest Market is open to shoppers from Friday to Monday, from 10am – 2pm.