OzHarvest Market (Australia)
Australia’s first ever rescued food supermarket
The OzHarvest Market is Australia’s first ever rescued food supermarket, stocked with produce that has either been donated or would otherwise go to waste, but is perfectly edible. Based on a ‘take what you need, give if you can’ philosophy, our purpose is to make rescued food available to everyone, especially those who need it most.
The OzHarvest Market is a pop up marketplace, which is part of The Addison Project, TOGA and Qualitas’ youth shelter housing project at The Addison Hotel on Anzac Parade in Kensington, Sydney. It opened on April 19th 2017 and will remain open for as long as the site is available.
Most supermarket chains reject fresh produce because of aesthetic defects, such as bruises and freckles. OzHarvest store rescues food and sells it or gives it away to its customers.. In addition, it collects mislabeled packaged foods and groceries that have reached their use-by date. Typically, these foods are still perfectly edible, but most stores throw them away.
The amount of food waste in the world is exorbitant. In Australia, consumers waste about 20 percent of the food they purchase. Imagine throwing away one out of every five shopping baskets of food you buy. That is exactly what is happening!
The problem is global. In the U.S., about 40 percent of produced food never gets eaten. This translates to 365 million pounds of food waste per day.
OzHarvest works with 2500 food donors. It repurposes perfectly-good food that others would rather toss out.