OzHarvest was founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, initially with the support of catering and restaurant industries in Sydney. OzHarvest is a non-denominational charity, which rescues excess food which would otherwise be discarded and distributes it to charities supporting the vulnerable around Australia.
The Victor Harbor Chapter of the OzHarvest food rescue program commenced in September, 2017. Andrew Barker, the Founder of Grow Free, (which is a large group of like-minded people who grow food and share it in the community) and the Cafe Crozier Committee, (which run a fortnightly community meals program from The Salvation Army premises in Victor Harbor) were instrumental in getting the Chapter up and running.
Supported by OzHarvest Adelaide and the local community, it commenced with eight volunteers collecting rescued food once a week from two Victor Harbor and one Goolwa supermarket and distributing it to three agencies.
Over two years, the Victor Harbor Chapter has grown to 16 volunteers, who collect twice weekly from Woolworths in Victor Harbor and Goolwa and Aldi and Coles stores in Victor Harbor, all of which provide good support in providing fruit and vegetables, bread, frozen meat and dry stock.
In 2019, these supermarkets donated in excess of 20 tonnes to the Victor Harbor Chapter.
Rescued food is delivered to The Lutheran Church, The Salvation Army, Coomunga House, the Christian Gospel Centre, Whalers Peninsula Housing and the Goolwa Children's Centre.
These agencies distribute the food to those in need in the community in accordance with their welfare programs.
Agencies advise that there is a huge need in the community - reports indicate that there are 140 homeless people on the South Coast - and that all rescued food is taken quickly.
And of course, there is the additional benefit that any rescued food does not go to landfill.