PUBLISHED20 Mar 2019

Food Fighter



One woman's crusade against waste.


Ronni Kahn used to be a contributor to Australia’s annual $20 billion food waste bill when she ran a successful corporate events company producing million-dollar dinners. Then she realised the absurdity of throwing away perfectly edible food, and decided to prioritise social activism over profit by founding OzHarvest.

Now, she’s taking on politicians and big business to expose an inconvenient truth: that four million tonnes of edible food is discarded in Australia every year, while up to two million Aussies suffer from food insecurity. And to add insult to injury, this food waste ends up in landfill, harming the environment by creating greenhouse gas emissions.

Filmed over two years and across four continents, Food Fighter follows Ronni’s crusade as she partners with the United Nations, rubs shoulders with royalty and Jamie Oliver’s juggernaut, rifles through dumpster bins and holds government to account. From the recent death of her daughter-in law to the very recent birth of her first grandchild, Ronni’s personal rollercoaster runs parallel to her meteoric rise as the face of food waste.

Conceding she lacked the “courage” to stay and fight the Apartheid regime in her mother country, Food Fighter also follows Ronni’s road to redemption as an inspirational woman bidding to make peace with her past. In the end, it reveals what sort of individual it takes to effect such profound change globally.

Director Dan Goldberg
Producer Dan Goldberg
Duration 86-minutes
Rating M


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Education Overview

The Food Fighter education kit includes:

• Two educational posters about food waste

• A ‘Let’s Fight Food Waste’ pledge for schools

• A series of worksheets for preschool, primary and secondary students, containing short answer questions, activities, group tasks and home project ideas

• A series of short video clips that correlate with worksheet activities and can be used to facilitate further classroom discussion and learning

OzHarvest, an anti-food waste organisation aligned very closely with the film, will also be launching FEAST (Food Education and Sustainability Training), a new curriculum-aligned program for primary schools, in NSW in 2020

Educational Resources

Year Level Years pre-K-12
Subjects PDHPE, Science
Topics Food waste, Sustainability, Environment, Food chains, Social change

Food Fighter’s education resources