Learning about Sustainability by Reducing Food Waste

  • Published on April 1, 2022

This post is a little different from my usual post in that I am not sharing teaching resources for the first three years of school. Instead, I am sharing information about a food rescue organisation and a sustainability program for Years 5 and 6. While I don’t usually share resources for older classes, I thought this may be useful information to have and to share with your colleagues who teach upper primary classes.


OzHarvest is an Australian food rescue organisation founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn. I’m embarrassed to say that I wasn’t aware of it until I read Kahn’s book A Repurposed Life in 2020 and was blown away by her dedication to helping feed people in need by saving surplus food from going to landfill. (A Repurposed Life is a fascinating and inspiring memoir, and I am happy to recommend it.)

After reading her book, I began noticing bins for accepting donations of food in the local shopping centres. I was surprised that I’d never seen them before and wondered how many times I’d walked past them, oblivious.

A quote from the website explains the OzHarvest mission:

“We are committed to halving food waste by 2030, inspiring and influencing others to do the same, and transforming lives through education.”

You can read more about the OzHarvest story and Ronni Kahn on the website here.

This video gives a very brief introduction to Ronni.



What I really wanted to share with you, though, is the OzHarvest education program called Feast with the goal of ‘Inspiring kids to eat healthy, waste less and be change-makers in their local community.’

As I said earlier, the program is for Years 5 and 6. According to the website, it is a STEM project-based learning program that runs for 7-10 weeks. The program focuses on food and fibre and the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability.

This video gives a quick introduction to the program.

While I haven’t seen the program in action, I like what I have heard about it, and it almost makes me wish I taught upper grades so I could try it out.

Resources for home use

In addition to the full program available for upper primary school classes, the website has a feast of free resources that can be downloaded and used in the home. They can be found here, and include activities, recipes and videos. You may also find resources and information to include in your Science and Health and Physical Education program with a focus on Sustainability.

I hope you enjoyed finding out about OzHarvest and their Feast program for upper classes.

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    What a beautiful share Norah for such an importan initiative teaching about conserving. Thanks for bringing y attention to the book too. <3

    It is an amazing initiative, Debby, and I’m sure you’d enjoy Ronni’s memoir. From one memoirist to another, eh? Her story is very different from yours, but also interesting.

    HI Norah, this sounds like a wonderful initiative. I am all for programmes that teach children not to waste precious resources of any kind and that also teach about empathy and giving.

    I agree, Robbie. It is a wonderful initiative. Ronni’s story is amazing. You may be interested to know she was born in Johannesburg and grew up in South Africa. She move to Israel before coming to Australia.

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