FEAST is a Year 5 and 6 curriculum-aligned education program, inspiring kids to eat healthy, waste less and become change-makers in their local community. Like any good FEAST, it’s designed to be fun, engaging and filled with good food! It runs for 7-10 weeks and is aligned to the Australian Curriculum STEM and English Learning Areas. The program can be adapted to suit your school’s needs and can be delivered in an online learning environment.

FEAST gets kids immersed in hands-on cooking activities in the classroom (no kitchen required) or at home with our online resources. Students are tasked with exploring and designing their own recipes for their ’School Cookbook’ to address food waste prevention and healthy eating while educating and engaging their community.

To run the program, teachers are encouraged to sign up to teacher training provided by OzHarvest – a professional learning teacher training day or an online training module that is quick and easy to complete. Schools also get access to online learning resources including eight detailed lesson plans, student worksheets, videos, recipes books, the FEAST practical cooking guide and ongoing support from the FEAST team.

Thanks to support from corporate and philanthropic organisations, financial support is available to help eligible schools undertake the program. To see if you are eligible for school funding please contact us at [email protected].

FEAST embodies our vision to build a world with zero food waste and free of hunger. Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO and Founder

Why teach FEAST?

FEAST is created from a belief that our education system has an important role to play in building resilient, confident students and encouraging creativity. It helps to enhance:

  • Social competence
  • Problem solving skills
  • Autonomy
  • A sense of purpose and future

The Solution Fluency Model is used to help students gain problem-solving skills and foster a deep understanding of local community issues. It offers students the opportunity to develop a wide range of life-long learning skills including:

  • Research
  • Teamwork
  • Community Engagement

FEAST addresses the cross-curriculum priority of Sustainability and nurtures greater connections between the school and their wider community.

The learning outcomes

As a student

FEAST educates students about the impact of food waste and how to design their own recipes using food that otherwise might be wasted. They will learn all about living a food waste free and sustainable life.

As a class

Students work in small teams learning to prepare, cook, experiment, and create their very own healthy recipes. The program is also available as an online course, where students can access the resources online to learn about food waste and design their healthy recipes at home.

As a school

Students will inspire and engage other students with their sustainability learnings through the design, production and presentation of their ‘School Cookbook’ at a whole-school assembly or a digital version of the Cookbook presented and shared online.

As a community

Community members are encouraged to share their culinary stories and skills with students and assist (in whatever capacity) with the practical cooking component of the FEAST program.

About OzHarvest

OzHarvest is Australia’s leading food rescue organisation, collecting quality excess food from commercial outlets and delivering it directly to more than 1,300 charities supporting people in need across the country.

Founded in 2004 by Ronni Kahn, after noticing the huge volume of good food going to waste from the hospitality industry, she decided there had to be a better way. Starting in Sydney with one van – the first of many donations from Goodman+ Foundation – she delivered 4,000 meals in the first month.

OzHarvest now operates nationally, rescuing over 180 tonnes of food each week from over 3,500 food donors including supermarkets, hotels, airports, wholesalers, farmers, corporate events, catering companies, shopping centres, delis, cafes, restaurants, film and TV shoots and boardrooms.

Education is crucial to our business to help enable positive change for vulnerable people. Check out OzHarvest’s other education programs, NEST and Nourish.

Our purpose is to Nourish our country. Find out more

Ronni Kahn, OzHarvest CEO & Founder

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