Lions’ Oz Harvest drive

The Maleny Blackall Range Lions Club were out in Maleny on ‘The Green’ raising funds for Oz Harvest and celebrating Lions Awareness Day on Saturday, March 4.

The club raised over $500 from a sausage sizzle and raffle with all food generously donated by Woolworths Maleny and Maleny IGA, together with a $50 voucher donated by Maple Street Co-op and a cook book from Rosetta Books.

Oz Harvest represents one of Lions’ global causes: ‘hunger’. They supply fresh food, which would normally be thrown in the bin by retailers, restaurants and cafes, to those in need via neighbourhood/community centres and schools.

It is a critical initiative and more so as people find it increasingly difficult to pay rent and feed and clothe their family, which leads to homelessness, poverty and hunger.

Oz Harvest has become a leading food rescue organisation on a mission to ‘nourish our country’ by stopping good food from going to waste. Their yellow vans are in communities every day, collecting surplus food from a network of donors, including supermarkets, cafes, delis, restaurant, corporate kitchens, hotels and other businesses.

They have programs to enable a positive change to improve life skills and increase healthy eating habits in primary schools, at risk youth and families.