Aspen’s employees in Australia once again chose organisations that provide meals to the homeless, disadvantaged and hungry as their Mandela Day beneficiaries.

OzHarvest is the first perishable food rescue organisation in Australia collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly and free of charge to 600 charities. These donations provide much needed assistance to vulnerable men, women and children across Australia. The Aspen team participated in cooking for a cause in the Ozharvest kitchens, which fed over 300 people across New South Wales (NSW).

As a consequence of Aspen’s participation, more than 500 Foodbank charities also received packed goods, which were distributed to the disadvantaged in NSW.

FareShare collects surplus quality food from supermarkets, farmers and other businesses and delivers nutritious meals to Victorian charities that in turn serve those in need at soup vans, homeless shelters, food banks and through school breakfast programs. Up to 400 charities across Melbourne received food cooked by Aspen’s volunteers.

Established in 1993, Foodbank Victoria was again supported by Aspen. Foodbank is an independent NPO that provides food relief to more than 500 charities who feed underprivileged communities in Victoria.