We’ve recently hit an exciting milestone, with our Lower Hutt branch providing the equivalent of more than 100,000 meals to local community groups.
Kaibosh Lower Hutt’s Jen Gibson with Vibe Youth Coach Lance Fa’afoi.
Food rescue not only helps community groups – it’s also good for the environment. From our Lower Hutt branch alone we’ve made a carbon emission reduction of more than 27 tonnes since opening at the end of last year.
Now nearly a year into operation in the Hutt, we’re working in Lower Hutt, Upper Hutt and Wainuiomata, and we’re looking forward to building more relationships as we go.
It’s been an amazing journey and we’ve been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the local community, which has come in many forms – people wanting to volunteer (we now have a team of more than 40 people) and businesses wanting to donate food, to name just two.
One of the community groups we support is Vibe, the Hutt Valley Youth Health Service. Programme Development Coordinator Sinead Ward says:
“Every week Jen and her team support us to feed over 100 young people throughout the Hutt Valley at Lunchtime Drop Ins at schools – thanks to Kaibosh, we’ve been able to increase these Drop Ins from 3 to 7 per week. We use this time to connect and spend quality time with young people, before sending them off to class with their tummies full of healthy food. Kaibosh also provides food for our parenting programme, through which young parents and their babies receive a weekly home-cooked nutritious meal.”