Unopened Qantas plane food delivered to thousands in need

Everytime you knock back a food item on a domestic Qantas flight, just know that it’s going to someone in need…

In a life-changing collaboration between the major airline and leading food rescue organisation OzHarvest, rescued food from domestic flights – including unopened food items and fruits, is now being collected and delivered to a range of charitable organisations.


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Dubbed the “Qantas Food ResQ program”, the service aims to feed those less fortunate, and has so far already resulted in 35 tonnes of food being redistributed to people in need.

Alison Webster, Executive Manager Qantas Freight and Qantas Catering Group said the program has been a huge success with tonnes of food given to underprivileged school children, drought-affected families, refuge centres, youth centres and many more community causes.

“Every kilogram of food that can be rescued from a Qantas flight saves perfectly edible food from ending up in landfill which not only protects the environment but helps make a positive difference to the lives of those less fortunate,” said Ms Webster.

“The Qantas Food ResQ program is run by a terrific group of volunteers who treasure hunt through the catering boxes on the lookout for packaged items such as sweet treats, water cups and whole fruit to salvage.”

Founder and CEO of OzHarvest, Ronni Kahn said the surplus items saved from the Qantas domestic food boxes make a real difference to those in need.