Donate time

Kaibosh’s volunteer team is at the heart of our work. In just a couple of hours a fortnight you can make a real difference, helping to reduce food poverty and food waste.

“People are hungry in our city and we can do something about it. Kaibosh is a young and energetic organisation. They’re continually looking for ways to improve and offer more to the community. Their energy is contagious.”

Elizabeth, Kaibosh volunteer

“I can give something back to the community by volunteering here. Kaibosh reduces waste and at the same time helps people in need. The working atmosphere here is awesome and dynamic.”

Monique, Kaibosh volunteer

Kaibosh has a team of more than 270 dedicated volunteers who help with the collection and sorting of food. Our service couldn’t work without them, and we’re lucky to have so many wonderful people involved. We have a range of volunteer roles at our three bases: Wellington City, Hutt Valley and Kāpiti-Horowhenua.

We use an online software called Volaby for our volunteer programme. To apply simply select the button for your preferred site below, create an account and fill in your details.


Wellington City volunteer roles

Food Rescue

Shift timings (approximate)
Monday to Friday: 9.00am – 12.00pm
Saturday and Sunday: 2.00 – 3.30pm

About the role
Food rescue volunteers work with a Kaibosh driver on weekday mornings, collecting donated food from retailers and delivering it to Kaibosh.

Food Sorting

Shift timings (approximate)
Monday – Thursday: 6.00 – 8.00pm
Tuesday: 12.00 – 1.00pm
Friday: 5.30 – 7.30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 4.30 – 6.30pm

About the role
Working in teams of around seven people, food sorting volunteers make sure that donated food is recorded, quality checked, sorted and stored, ready for community groups to collect the following day.

Market Rescue

Shift timings (approximate)
Saturday and Sunday: 2.00 – 3.30pm

About the role
Market rescue volunteers work with the Kaibosh driver on weekend afternoons, collecting donated food from market vendors and delivering it to Kaibosh. Sometimes a bit of charm is needed to convince vendors to donate!

Fill-in Support

This role provides an opportunity for people who may not be able to commit to a regular shift. As temporary spaces become available (due to one-off cancellations), fill-in volunteers are contacted and offered opportunities to help out. This is a casual position and applicants can indicate which shifts and roles they prefer (see role descriptions below). Applicants can also request to be considered for permanent shifts as they become available.

Operations Support

Shift timings (approximate)
Monday: 9.00 – 11.00am

About the role
Operations Support volunteers work with our Operations Manager meeting and greeting our community groups and helping tidy the food sorting area following the busy weekend shifts.


Wellington City application

Hutt Valley volunteer roles

We currently have no roles available in our Lower Hutt branch but please check back later to see if any have become available.


Kāpiti-Horowhenua volunteer roles

We currently have no roles available in our Kāpiti-Horowhenua branch but please check back later to see if any have become available.

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