At OzHarvest’s Think.Eat.Save event on Monday, 25 July, 2016, more than 22,000 delicious free meals all made from produce that would have otherwise ended up in landfill were served across the nation and Mint supported OzHarvest by volunteering and supplying our payments platform and Mint mPOS devices to take donations digitally.
For the first time at Sydney’s event, OzHarvest was able to accept cashless donations around the event site using Mint Payments systems to almost increase its event fundraising efforts by 293% on the previous year.
OzHarvest and Mint Payments volunteer operators were stationed at the front of each stall as well as dotted throughout the event centre, allowing for contactless donations and seamless transactions.
Louise Tran, OzHarvest’s Head of Marketing & Communications, said that the charity’s Innovation pillar was a key part of its strategic focus.
“While the main objective of Think.Eat.Save is to raise mass awareness on the alarming food waste statistics, donations are crucial in allowing OzHarvest to continue delivering goodness. Enlisting our friends who are experts in technology just makes sense. We are excited about these innovative partnerships that help us drive efficiencies, funding and increase our capabilities to further Nourish Our Country,” Tran said.
Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn, said she was overwhelmed at the support and attendance at all 11 events including Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Gold Coast, Melbourne, Newcastle, Perth, Armidale, Cairns and Sapphire Coast where thousands of people united to take a stance against food waste, pledging to change their own behaviour.
“The current local and global food waste statistics are alarming,” Ms Kahn said. “We urgently need change to happen now to ensure a sustainable food system for future generations. Think.Eat.Save events showcased the public’s enthusiasm to make a difference and OzHarvest is committed to helping them along the journey. Together, we can make a real positive impact on our food system.”
Enough funds were raised nationally at Think.Eat.Save events from generous donations from the public that will allow OzHarvest to deliver a further 40,000 meals to people in need.
See how Mint and its payment innovation supported OzHarvest to almost triple its fundraising at Think.Eat.Save 2016: