Adelaide Oval is taking its longstanding support of OzHarvest to the next level, helping to feed more people in need across South Australia at a critical time.
A new three-year partnership agreement aims to provide an additional 100,000 meals each year to vulnerable communities, with Adelaide Oval unlocking access to its kitchen facilities to produce cooked meals and introducing new fundraising opportunities. This is in addition to the weekly produce donations of rescued food made by Adelaide Oval kitchens since 2013.
In particular, the kitchens will be used to facilitate OzHarvest’s ever-popular ‘Cooking for a Cause’ program – a corporate team building activity in which chefs lead participants in transforming rescued ingredients into gourmet meals for vulnerable people.
OzHarvest South Australia Manager Rachel Hibble said there had never been a more important time to support the cause with the latest research showing 3.7 million households in Australia struggled to put food on the table this year.
“Demand for food is at an all-time high, with many people seeking help for the first time in their lives,” Rachel said.
“We’re working hard to get good food to more than 100 local charities, but there are still 78 currently on our waiting list.
“Our new partnership with Adelaide Oval means we have a new home for our Cooking for a Cause program and more opportunities to raise vital funds that’ll help keep our wheels turning.
“Christmas is our busiest time of year, so we’re thrilled to be able to get more corporate teams in to transform rescued food into meals made with love.”
Adelaide Oval CEO Nick Addison said the new agreement would build on the longstanding relationship between OzHarvest and the iconic South Australian venue.
“Over the course of our relationship with OzHarvest we have seen the incredible impact their work has on the local community, particularly during times of food insecurity such as the one we are currently facing,” Nick said.
“Providing access to Adelaide Oval kitchens will give staff and volunteers from OzHarvest a great base to create even more meals, plus there will be plenty of fundraising opportunities throughout the year for visitors to the venue to make a contribution.
“Our team has participated in a number of different OzHarvest initiatives including Cooking for a Cause and we can’t wait to host more into the future.”
Mark from Adelaide charity Common Ground said people in the local community rely on meals from OzHarvest every week.
“The cooked meals from OzHarvest are always fresh, nutritious, and delicious and help people save up to $60 per week. That makes a huge difference to the people we serve, who are on low incomes and often skipping meals to make ends meet.”
OzHarvest’s Cooking for a Cause is open to corporate teams of 8-12 Monday – Friday and is a team-building event with soul and purpose, creating delicious meals that are delivered to local charities.
Book here: www.ozharvest.org/cooking-for-a-cause/
Adelaide Oval fans will be able to show their support by donating at the Tree of Goodness. There will be more exciting opportunities in 2024 including a bespoke dinner at Tasting Australia.