15 YEAR PARTNERSHIP
Did you know that one third of the world’s food gets wasted every year?
In Australia alone, over seven million tonnes of food ends up in landfill, costing the country an estimated $20 billion.
OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it, directly and free of charge, to more than 1,300 charities supporting people in need.
The organisation recently celebrated its 15th birthday with the Goodman Foundation a founding partner.
Over the past 15 years, OzHarvest has redistributed over 43,000 tonnes of food which would otherwise be discarded, and delivered over 130 million meals to more than 1300 charities supporting the vulnerable in Australian capital cities and regional areas.
Having supported OzHarvest since inception, the Goodman Foundation has provided both office and warehouse space and refrigerated vans in several states. In 2014, Goodman and its supply partners built a fit-for-purpose facility to house OzHarvest’s head office and commercial kitchens in Goodman’s Alexandria Industrial Estate, South Sydney.
Other initiatives include the provision of a community vegetable garden, mentoring of team members and various other volunteering contributions under the Foundation’s ‘Do Good’ programme.
“The Goodman Foundation is a cherished part of the OzHarvest family. Thanks to its unwavering support, OzHarvest continues to grow each year, delivering on our strategic outcomes and ensuring good food gets to those who need it most.”
Stepping Stone House
38% of all Australian’s experiencing homelessness are under the age of 25. Without support and a safe place to call home, many of these young people disengage with education, employment and are exposed to factors which are detrimental to their health.
Stepping Stone House is a not-for-profit organisation that works to change the outcome for these young people by providing accommodation, education and care for people aged 12–24 who are homeless, at risk of homelessness or living away from their families. The organisation’s aim is to develop the self-esteem, resilience, self-confidence and good health of these young people through programmes that equip them with the self-care and life skills they need to become independent and fulfil their potential.
Goodman has supported Stepping Stone House since 2014 with funding for programmes, donations and volunteering.
Sleep Under the Stars is Stepping Stone House’s major annual fundraising event renowned for its community spirit and impact in addressing youth homelessness. The event brings people of all ages together to participate in teams; corporates, families and young people building cardboard shelters to sleep in for the night.
This year, the Goodman Sleep Under the Stars participants raised over $43,000, contributing to a total amount raised of $500,000 which will fund accommodation and care for 21 at-risk youth for an entire year, giving them a greater chance to succeed in life.
FRIENDS & HELPERS
Friends & Helpers is a not-for-profit charity organisation providing support to victims of domestic violence throughout the Los Angeles and Orange County area. The organisation runs two community outreach programmes: Back to School and Adopt a Family.
Goodman has supported Friends & Helpers for the past three years in the Adopt a Family holiday programme, where the team “adopted” a family and purchased gifts, toys and food for them.
Over the past two years, Goodman has also supported the Back to School programme. This aims to help children living at shelters stay engaged with their education and excited about returning to school after the holidays through providing them with essential items such as backpacks, supplies and snacks.
The Back to School programme event was hosted by Goodman in July this year, where the Goodman team and over 250 additional volunteers came together to help fill backpacks with school supplies and pack snack bags. A total of 2,319 backpacks and 1,815 snack bags were packed, while a raffle held at the event raised over $3,000, which was converted to grocery store gift cards for the families.