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Food Rescue: Responding to a Global Pandemic and Beyond

Food Rescue_ Responding to a Global Pandemic and Beyond
February 26, 2021 @ 4:30 am – 5:15 am UTC Timezone

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Globally, one-third of food is wasted or lost. Meanwhile, many people face food insecurity and cannot access affordable, nutritious food. Food rescue charities help bridge this divide. They rescue uneaten food from businesses (like cafes and restaurants) and provide it to those in need, delivering economic, environmental and social benefits.

Join us to hear from Beth Fitzpatrick about OzHarvest’s food rescue activities in Australia. Beth will share insights into barriers and success factors for running a food relief charity. She will describe the additional challenges brought about by COVID-19 and how OzHarvest has responded to the pandemic and met increased community demand for food relief. Beth will also share insights into the future of food rescue – touching on the role that technology and innovations can play.


Bethany Fitzpatrick, National Operations Lead @OzHarvest

Beth’s career has evolved from producing large-scale events to leading operations with Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, OzHarvest. Her current role as National Operations Lead involves managing the strategic direction and logistics for food relief, food rescue and food-related innovation projects. Beth works across the organisation and with multiple stakeholders to improve operational efficiencies and maximise OzHarvest’s impact reducing food waste and feeding vulnerable communities. Beth previously worked as OzHarvest’s National Events Manager and with the City of Parramatta as Events Producer. She has a passion for making a difference and is motivated by creating a more sustainable world; and is currently undertaking the Graduate Certificate in Social Impact with the Centre for Social Impact and holds a Master of Management from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Kat Heinrich, Rawtec

Kat Heinrich is a food waste specialist in Australia and winner of the 2017 GISA Women in Waste Leadership Award. She is a Director at Rawtec, advising businesses and governments how to reduce waste and improve resource management. Kat recently completed a study tour in the US and Europe, investigating best-practice food waste initiatives. Her research and case studies are available at

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