Kaibosh Food Rescue is a Wellington Region based charity that collects quality surplus food and provides it to community groups that support people in need.


Over 450 givers have collectively raised $334,192.07 for Kaibosh. That has helped send over 530,464 meals worth of food to hungry tummies instead of landfill and impacted thousands of lives in Wellington, Lower Hutt & Kapiti Coast.

What we do

At Kaibosh we take a practical and common-sense approach to rescuing and providing food. We have a small team of staff, with much of our day-to-day work being undertaken by a group of over 225 regular, dedicated volunteers who sort, weigh and pack rescued food.

Food is collected on several daily runs across the Wellington Region in the Kaibosh chiller trucks. This food is then brought back to our Wellington City and Lower Hutt branches where it is sorted, checked for quality, weighed, and allocated to community groups as per their requirements.

Careful record keeping means we can report on weights and types of food rescued, fairly provide the food to community groups according to what they need, and make sure that the majority of the food we’re working with is healthy and nutritious.

Any food that’s no longer good for use is either donated to an animal sanctuary or composted. Food for community groups is stored overnight in our commercial fridges and freezer, in line with applicable food safety regulations, and collected the following morning by a representative of each community group.

We’re currently rescuing and providing up to 30 tonnes of food each month which, based upon a 350 gram per meal metric, equals around 71,000 meals to those in our community who need it most. It also cuts down carbon emissions by over 20 tonnes each month.

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