OzHarvest opens Australia’s first ‘rescued food supermarket’
Ms Ronni Kahn , CEO of OzHarvest, at the charity's new rescue supermarket
Australian food charity, OzHarvest, has opened the country’s first ‘rescued food supermarket’.
Based in the Sydney suburb of Kensington, OzHarvest is inviting anyone who is in need of food, but low in cash, to shop at the supermarket by “taking what you need and giving if you can”.
The supermarket will be stocked with surplus food donated to OzHarvest by the public.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer of OzHarvest, Ms Ronni Kahn, said the supermarket is a way for the charity to provide food to those who might be missed their existing services.
“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,” said Kahn.
The supermarket is located at 147 Anzac Parade, Kensington, New South Wales, and will be open each weekday from 10am – 2pm.
OzHarvest was founded by Ronni Kahn in 2004. In 2005, Ms Kahn worked with pro-bono lawyers to lobby state governments to amend legislation allowing surplus, perishable food to charity. In 2005, the Civil Liabilities Amendment Act was passed in NSW which now lets surplus food be donated without fear of liability. Similar legislation has since been passed in the ACT, South Australia and Queensland.
Today, OzHarvest collects perishable food from over 2, 000 commercial outlets Australia-wide and distributes it to more than 8, 0000 charities.