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Kaibosh – zero food poverty and zero food waste.

Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation with a vision of zero food poverty and zero food waste.

Working seven days a week in Wellington and the Hutt Valley, it rescues over 10,000 kg of quality surplus food each month, providing it free of charge to community groups to support people in need.

Kaibosh collaborates with over 36 community groups, 30 regular food donors and 85 dedicated volunteers. From this the organisation provides more than 28,000 meals to over 4,400 people, reducing food waste-related carbon emissions by 7,785kg a month.

The organisation creates meaningful opportunities for businesses and volunteers to give back, while also ensuring that community groups can focus funding on service provision, rather than on purchasing food. By working with a range of donors, Kaibosh provides healthy food to people who would otherwise struggle to have a balanced diet. 57.1% of the food it provides is fresh produce.

Since operations started in 2008, Kaibosh has rescued more than 405,784 kg of food, provided more than 1.59 million meals and prevented 315,927 tons of food waste related carbon emissions.

Kaibosh is a finalist in the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards in the Auckland Council Mega Efficiency Impact category and in the Community Impact category.

Kaibosh Food Rescue

Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first and most well-established food rescue organisation. We rescue quality surplus food and provide it free of charge to community groups supporting people in need.

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