(Nutrition Education & Skills Training)

NEST sessions
NEST six-week programs
NEST participants

Community connection through cooking and sharing a meal.

NEST continues to evolve and expand, touching the lives of diverse communities and increasing social connections.  With rising living costs, NEST has become an essential program to provide community support, nutrition education and life skills which can help improve food security. The team updated resources to ensure healthy eating habits can continue within tight budgets during these tough times.

A standout event of the year was welcoming ACT Health Minister Rachel Stephen-Smith during a special NEST session with Woden Community Service to celebrate three years of partnership with ACT Health.

Responding to the increasing demand in Sydney, OzHarvest has scaled up to deliver 50 six-week programs this year, addressing the pressing need for nutritional education and support in the community.

In Brisbane, Adelaide, Melbourne, and Sydney, the team forged connections with Community Hubs to reach a new demographic of new migrant parent groups. These groups have embraced NEST recipes while also sharing their rich cultural culinary traditions enhancing community connections.

An independent evaluation study determined that participation in NEST results in short and long-term improvements in food security levels and dietary behaviours.  With significant increases in fruit and vegetable intake, nutrition knowledge, cooking confidence and food preparation behaviours.

The program is set to expand in 2024, with the pilot program for Youth NEST successfully completed, the introduction of one-off community sessions and plans underway to trial a train-the-trainer model for regional delivery.

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(Food Education & Sustainability Training)

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Future change-makers
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Schools enrolled
Teachers trained
School community presentations

Inspiring future-change makers in the classroom.

Our curriculum-aligned education program FEAST is now being taught in over 1,000 schools creating future change-makers of all ages across the country!

Protecting the planet, reducing waste and eating healthy food is now part of the school timetable as the FEAST High School program launched this year, with 255 high schools already enrolled.

The team introduced dedicated FEAST Coordinators in the Northern Territory and Tasmania, enhancing support of the rollout in these regions.

OzHarvest partnered with BehaviourWorks Australia to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in creating behavioral change in schools and how it impacts households positively. Their review of national and overseas food waste education programs concluded that FEAST is based on insights which support behavioural change.

Thanks to wonderful corporate and philanthropic support, FEAST resources are available for free for schools to undertake the program.

A gateway to schools considering FEAST is our free school community presentations. Delivered by our team of dedicated and passionate volunteers, it raises awareness about food insecurity and connects the dots between food waste and climate change to inspire student action at school and at home!

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Nourish Graduates
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92 %
Engaged in education or employment pathways
Total graduates since 2015

Life changing skills through hospitality training.

Our Nourish program is a special journey we share with young people facing barriers to education. Nourish offers more than just a qualification, as it creates hope and pathways to employment or further education. After 18 weeks of hard work and dedication in the kitchen, students graduate with a Certificate II in Cookery, life skills, new friendships, and a big smile! This year, our students have already lined up employment or further education for 2024 – fantastic achievements all round.

Nourish has been formerly recognised and independently evaluated by Griffith University, revealing the success of the program in helping young people towards employment and providing holistic personal development. We’re so proud of the team and their achievements in going the extra mile to tailor support for students’ unique needs.

Our Newcastle Nourish team launched a beautiful Community Garden in May, with a ceremony unveiling of Indigenous Art Poles telling the story of the Belmont Lagoon, an important dreaming site of the Awabakal people. Uncle Nolan Simon invited the students, staff and volunteers to add their hands to the poles, commemorating their involvement in the continuing story of the land.

The impact of the program goes beyond academic achievement, which we witnessed this year with a determined young mother. Even though she was unable to complete the course, she experienced lasting positive changes, passing her driver’s license, securing housing, and creating stability for her family. She has stayed in touch and is still part of our Nourish community – we loved being part of her journey.

The Nourish alumni creates strong connections and we’re proud to have a 2017 student join our Head Chef in Sydney, on a mentoring program for female chefs, a 2022 student volunteering at the Refettorio and our program manager attended the first Nourish wedding!

A big thank you to our National Nourish Partner, Lendlease for supporting students in all locations

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