OzHarvest founder Ronni Kahn's crusade against food waste is captured on film | Food Fighter

FOOD FIGHTER: Ronni Kahn, founder of OzHarvest. Picture: James Brickwood.

FOOD FIGHTER: Ronni Kahn, founder of OzHarvest. Picture: James Brickwood.

Filmed across four continents and over two years, Food Fighter is the inspirational story of one woman’s crusade against the global scandal of food waste.

Ronni Kahn founded OzHarvest in 2004, driven by a passion to make a difference and stop good food going to waste. She started with one van, collecting surplus food from restaurants and eateries and delivering it to charities. She delivered 4000 meals in the first month.

OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing about 100 tonnes of food each week from more than 3000 food donors. OzHarvest Newcastle started in February 2010 and delivers food to more than 90 agencies to support people in need at neighbourhood centres, women’s and children’s refuges, youth accommodation services, boarding houses and schools.

Now OzHarvest is asking Australian households to do their bit to fight food waste. 

Food waste costs the Australian economy more than $20 billion each year and results in about 5 million tonnes of good food ending up in landfill. Half of this food waste occurs in the home, costing the average family more than $1000 every year, but it can be easily avoided.

“Food is so precious, wasting it makes no sense – economically, environmentally and ethically – but we all do it. From forgetting about food in the fridge, buying and cooking too much, letting it expire and not storing it properly – there are so many reasons good food ends up in the bin,” Kahn says. 

“The statistics are staggering but the solutions are simple and there is no greater force than people power. Fight Food Waste aims to tackle the problem from the bottom up by changing behaviour at home with how you look at, buy, store and cook food.”

Consumers are encouraged to join the movement at the new OzHarvest website fightfoodwaste.org, which offers practical tips on how to prevent food waste, and to watch Food Fighter at Tower Cinemas Newcastle this weekend. It is screening at 1pm on Saturday and Sunday, June 16 and 17, and at 7pm on Wednesday, June 20. After the final screening restaurateur and OzHarvest supporter Neil Slater will host a Q&A session.

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