With funding from the Electrolux Food Foundation, Electrolux Home Products (EHP) in Australia has established a three-year partnership with the country’s leading food rescue charity OzHarvest to use food that would otherwise be wasted to help feed people in need across Australia.
It’s estimated that food waste in Australia costs the government AUD 20 billion each year* and EHP’s mission with the partnership is to inspire and enable both Electrolux customers and employees to maximise healthy and sustainable choices for themselves and the community in a bid to tackle food waste and eliminate hunger.
OzHarvest – the official partner of the United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) for Think, Eat, Save campaign in Australia – has so far delivered more than 65 million meals since it launched in 2004, saving more than 22,000 tonnes of food from landfill.
The first Electrolux Cooking For A Cause event with OzHarvest will be held in September in Sydney where food cooked on the day will go to those in need. Future plans include Electrolux volunteers working in Australian capital cities travelling about in OzHarvest’s vans to help gather food to prepare and distribute meals to the needy.
The Electrolux Food Foundation was established in 2016 with the ambition to contribute to employee initiatives that seek to inspire sustainable food consumption and cooking habits among consumers and professionals, and to support people in need through education and emergency relief efforts, in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
* According to Australia’s Minister for the Environment and Energy Josh Frydenberg (link to pdf-document).