In October 2013 I interviewed an extraordinary woman, Ronni Khan the founder and CEO of OzHarvest, the food recycling charity doing amazing work around Australia.
OzHarvest, is a non-denominational charity that rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded. This excess food is distributed to charities supporting the vulnerable in Sydney, Newcastle, Adelaide and Brisbane. OzHarvest was founded in Sydney, November 2004. Beginning with just one van, they delivered 4,000 meals in their first month of operation.
Currently in Sydney OzHarvest delivers over 320, 000 meals per month with a fleet of 11 vehicles, and Australia wide OzHarvest delivers 441,500 meals per month with a fleet of 15 vans. This equates to 147 tonnes each month.
OzHarvest began when Ronni Kahn, our founding director, decided that she was not prepared to be part of the waste cycle that is a natural outcome of the hospitality industry. Being a part of this industry for over 20 years she had seen a lot of food wasted. So she spent time researching options for dealing with the excess food. There was no organisation in Sydney that could collect the food on a regular and professional basis so Ronni decided to set up a food rescue charity herself.
Backed by The Macquarie Group Foundation which provided funds and Goodman International which provided a van and office space, OzHarvest was established and collected its first meal in November 2004.
Ronni was able to persuade a group of socially minded business people to sit on the board of OzHarvest. This voluntary board brings not only sound business disciplines to the management of OzHarvest but also compassion and generosity.
Ronni Kahn with one of the first OzHarvest vans – http://www.ozharvest.org/
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