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March 24: Preventing Food Waste with OzHarvest – Michele Lipner, OzHarvest Sunshine Coast

24 March 2023 @ 10:30 am - 12:30 pm

Michele Lipner, OzHarvest Sunshine Coast and Gympie Coordinator (Photo by Michaela Windsor)

Food Waste and OzHarvest Sunshine Coast & Gympie 

Food waste is an enormous worldwide environmental issue, from emitted greenhouse gases to the resources wasted in creating that food.  This is the focus of our next Friday Forum on March 24th with Michele Lipner, the coordinator and founder of OzHarvest Sunshine Coast and Gympie.  Since its foundation in 2014, this local OzHarvest program has diverted and redistributed over 800,000 kg of quality food – the equivalent of over 2.2 million meals – to community members in need.

Michele will expand on the topics of food insecurity and food waste, providing an overview of the challenges and achievements in the Sunshine Coast and in Gympie over the last 8.5 years. She will delve into the issue of food waste, including why we waste so much food, where in the production/consumption cycle we waste the most food, the impact of food waste on the environment and what each of us can do to reduce the amount of food going to landfill, thereby not only helping feed people in need, but helping save our planet. 

Michele spent almost 25 years in the international aid and development sector and brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to OzHarvest Sunshine Coast and Gympie. She was recently recognised for her efforts on behalf of OzHarvest by being awarded the 2023 Sunshine Coast (Council) Citizen of the Year. 

 On March 24th, at the next Friday Forum, discover the extent of the food waste issue and how you can help.  A newly released, community developed OzHarvest recipe book “SunnyCoast Eats” will be available for $30 and with for every book sold, a book is distributed to a recipient of OzHarvest food.

Everyone is welcome at the NPA Environment Centre, 5 Wallace Drive, Noosaville. The forum starts at 10:30am and morning tea is available at 10-10.25am. Entry is $5 by “tap & go” at the door which includes morning tea/coffee. 

“SunnyCoast Eats” Recipe Book Cover
“SunnyCoast Eats” Recipe Book Cover

Join the bird observers at 8.30am in the carpark for interpretive birding.


24 March 2023
10:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Noosa Parks Association Environment Centre
5 Wallace Drive, Wallace Park,
Noosaville, QLD 4566 Australia
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