About us

Our vision

Zero Food Poverty, Zero Food Waste.

Our mission

To be the link between the food industry and those that support people in need.

Our values

Kaibosh encourages staff, volunteers, and trustees to be: courageous, compassionate, smart, genuine, and independent.

What we do

Kaibosh is based in Wellington and is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation.

We link the food industry with community groups that support people in need ensuring that quality surplus food reaches those who are struggling rather than being needlessly discarded. This benefits both our community and our environment.

Working in Wellington and the Hutt Valley with the help of a dedicated team of more than 160 volunteers, Kaibosh rescues and sorts food 7 days a week. We deliver up to 20,000kg of quality surplus food each month to community groups that support people in need. This is the equivalent of 57,000 meals provided to those who need it most, as well as a 15,570kg reduction in carbon emissions.

Kaibosh provides this service at no cost to food donors or community groups.

Kaibosh won the Community Impact and Mega Efficiency Impact categories of the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards, and was the Supreme Winner of the 2012 Trustpower National Community Awards – all honours which have gone a long way towards raising the profile not only of Kaibosh, but of food rescue in New Zealand.

Why we do it

Food rescue is good for our community and environment in many ways:

  • Community groups receive a wide range of healthy, nutritious food.
  • This food is provided free of charge, allowing community groups to focus their limited resources on providing valuable services.
  • Stopping quality food from being thrown out significantly cuts down the amount of carbon emissions entering the atmosphere.
  • Food donors make a valuable contribution by providing food to those in their community who need it most.
  • Volunteers have a direct and positive impact on their community and environment.