Did you know that Australian’s throw away a staggering $5.2 billion of perfectly good food per year? Or that 60,000 low-income Aussie families are forced to go without meals at least once a day?
Let’s face it, we’ve all probably done it at least once in our lives, so it’s no wonder OzHarvest are calling out for all Aussies to help the growing food wastage problem in the country.
OzHarvest is Australia's leading food-rescue charity and has recently launched a new initiative called REAP - a drive that brings the food-rescue concept to regional areas around the country. And someone who feels overly passionate about it is MasterChef judge and chef/owner of Sydney’s Aria restaurant, Matt Moran.
In a controversial viral video which has been circulating around Australia, a very irritated Matt is seen getting into a heated argument with a crew member on set after he throws out a perfectly good-to-eat plate of chicken. Though the video (which can be viewed below) has been outed as a hoax, it has certainly got us all thinking about how many times we’ve wasted food in our own homes.
"I was more than happy to be involved in something so controversial if it meant that the message of food waste would be brought to the top of Australians' minds,” Matt reveals.
“REAP is a simple concept started by leading food charity OzHarvest, who have already rescued millions of meals from going to waste and who have provided millions of people with fresh food that they normally would not have access to. It's a f***ing great cause!"
HOW CAN YOU HELP?
JOIN REAP FOOD RESCUE
Visit www.reap.org.au to see how you can get your hands on the regional toolkit and for your opportunity to donate food.
The REAP toolkit contains a three-step process with four guiding principles for communities in feeding the needy:
1. Identify the need
2. Source the food
3. Get an esky and go!
SHOUT LUNCH FIGHT HUNGER
On the May 20, 2011 Aussies are encouraged to take leftovers to work and donate what they would normally spend on lunch to the Shout Lunch Fight Hunger campaign. Donations will help the hungry, homeless and needy around the country.
Register for your info pack online at www.ozharvest.org. Just one dollar equals one meal, and $10 provides 10 meals to disadvantaged Aussies.
WATCH THE VIDEO OF MATT MORAN LOSING IT BELOW: