We're lending a helping hand to leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest to 'Nourish our Country'

Use It Up™ by OzHarvest

Australia’s national target to halve food waste by 2030 is looming fast and change is urgently needed. Reducing food waste at home is the single most powerful thing individuals can do to take climate action. OzHarvest is inviting all Australian households to Use It Up! 

Use It Up is all about making it easy for Aussies to waste less. Here's three quick tips to get you started. 

  1. Create a Use It Up shelf to make sure you don't forget food
  2. Check your shelf before you shop
  3. Cook creatively and have fun fighting food waste

The average Australian wastes 312kg of food a year.  That's $2,500 per household!

Food waste at home is mostly avoidable, it's about getting into good habits. On this page you'll find helpful resources to help you Use It Up at home, along with some printable recipes and tools.
Did you know?

Food waste is a $36.6 billion problem in Australia.

Over 7.6 million tonnes of food ends up as landfill, enough to fill 13,000 Olympic sized swimming pools.

1 in 6 Australians did not have enough to eat last year - Foodbank Hunger Report, 2021

35% of the average household bin is food waste.

Helpful tips
Recipe Tips
Use it Up™ recipe ideas to spark your creativity
So, you’ve got leftovers but aren’t sure how to use them? To spark your creativity here are some Use it Up recipe ideas from OzHarvest. 
Food Waste Tips
10 quick food saving tips to reduce waste and help your budget
OzHarvest shares 10 quick food saving tips with Heritage Bank, to reduce waste and help your budget.
Savings Tips
Top 10 everyday money saving tips
By cutting back on small spends (and waste!) throughout your week you could save a significant amount of money in a year. Here's some ideas.
Why we're helping OzHarvest

At Heritage, we’re committed to making a difference in the communities we operate in by supporting organisations who lend a helping hand to vulnerable Australians.

OzHarvest is one of these organisations. They play a crucial role in our community to fight food waste, which not only helps Australians but our entire planet. By supporting OzHarvest we’ll be helping them to keep 66,660kg of food out of landfill and deliver an additional 200,000 meals to vulnerable Australians.

About OzHarvest

Founded by Ronni Kahn in 2004, OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation collecting quality surplus food from supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, hotels, retailers, airports and retail food outlets.

Diverting precious food from landfill makes a positive difference to the lives of vulnerable men, women and children across Australia. Since inception OzHarvest has delivered more than 200 million meals and saved more than 68,000 tonnes of food from landfill.

Stopping good food going to waste and getting it to people in need helps in many ways:

  • Nutritious food for charities by providing high quality food to agencies which may not have been previously available.
  • Savings for charities as vital funds saved from grocery bills can be redirected to education, rehabilitation and other programs.
  • Protecting the planet by ensuring good food gets eaten rather than going to landfill helps reduce the negative impact of food waste on the environment.
  • Savings for food donors through reducing costs for excess food disposal and storage costs, and increasing the positive impact on the local community.

Find more great tips and tricks from top chefs and OzHarvest supporters on the OzHarvest website.

Ronni Kahn thanks Heritage Bank

“Thank you so much to Heritage Bank for joining the OzHarvest family. Heritage Bank’s idea of putting People first fits so beautifully with the mission of ours to Nourish our Country and to stop good food from going to waste.

With Heritage Bank’s help we’ll be able to deliver an additional 200,000 meals each year nationally, and particularly in Toowoomba.  We’re so excited to have Heritage Bank join the OzHarvest family!”

Ronni Kahn AO, Founder and CEO, OzHarvest
How to get involved

If you’d like to support OzHarvest visit the OzHarvest website where you’ll find more information on donating food, money or time.  Every $1 donated allows OzHarvest to deliver two meals to someone in need.