Grant for Food Bank

20 October 2009

A new initiative, Kaibosh, that distributes fresh food to disadvantaged people has been given $20,000 in the Council's latest General Grants round.

Kaibosh founder Robyn Langlands says the initiative aims to encourage individuals and businesses in the Wellington community to work towards alleviating food poverty and reducing food waste

"So we collect fit-for-purpose, surplus food and non-alcoholic drinks from the food industry and redistribute these products to organisations that work with disadvantaged people," says Robyn.

The Council's Grants Manager Jenny Rains says one of the novel things about Kaibosh is that it collects and distributes fresh food. "Food banks generally only distribute canned or dried food which means families or individuals who rely on or get supplementary assistance very rarely have access to fruit and vegetables. This programme will improve the diets of the disadvantaged," she says.

The deadline for the next round of General Grants is 5.00pm, Friday 30 October - for projects that start after 14 December. The application form and guide are available to download from the Grants section of this website.

If you are interested in volunteering, donating food to Kaibosh, or receiving food for your organisation, email them at kaiboshnz@gmail.com.