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

Operating in Wellington, the Hutt Valley, Kāpiti and Horowhenua, Kaibosh 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.

Kaibosh has three branches in Wellington City, Lower Hutt and Paraparaumu. With the help of a dedicated team of more than 170 volunteers, we rescue and sort food seven days a week. We redistribute up to 75,000kg of quality surplus food each month to charities and community groups that support people in need. This is the equivalent of 214,286 meals provided to those who need it most, as well as a 22,425 kg reduction in carbon emissions.

Kaibosh provides this service at no cost to food donors, charities 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:

  • Charities and 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.

Support Kaibosh

Would you like to support our work? There are three ways we ask for help from the public:

  • Donate funds – people are hungry in our communities, but you can do something about it – donate to Kaibosh and make sure no one goes without.
  • Volunteer – in just a couple of hours a week at Kaibosh makes a real difference, helping to reduce food poverty and food waste.
  • Give food – if you are a food business you can help those in need by donating surplus food, which will reduce your costs and your impact on the environment.