Representing Wellington City, Kaibosh was named Supreme Winner at the prestigious awards, held at the Treaty Grounds in Waitangi.
Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first dedicated ‘food rescue’ organisation, collaborating with food retailers and producers to rescue surplus food that’s good enough to eat, but not good enough to sell, and prevents it from being discarded into landfills.
Mayor Wade-Brown said Kaibosh’s vision of zero food waste and zero food poverty is a good equation, connecting 19 food outlets with 20 charities and working over 360 days a year.
"Kaibosh strengthens existing networks and fills a very specific gap, enabling existing charities to do an even better job," she said. "Kaibosh helps address the paradox of food poverty in the midst of food excess and wastage.
"In the middle of affluence, and cafes and markets galore, children go hungry and families can't afford fresh food. Foodbanks are struggling to meet increased demand, so we need food rescue."
The Council provides Kaibosh with funding of $25,000 per year on a three-year service contract, and an accommodation assistance grant of $5,852; these grants are for social sector organisations and help with rental costs.
"Wellington City Council’s support helps enable Kaibosh’s collaborative model, a great example of our connected, socially-conscious capital. This award is a terrific national recognition of a Wellington-developed success story that delivers a social, environmental and business triple-win."
Kaibosh Co-founder and Trustee George Langlands said: "Kaibosh is honoured and humbled to be named the supreme winner of the TrustPower National Community Awards.
"We could not have achieved this without the support of all our collaborators, whānau and friends. Special thanks is due to Wellington City Council who have believed in our vision from the start and Mayor Celia Wade-Brown who has been one of our strongest advocates.
"Kaibosh is a commonsense solution to the problems of food poverty and food waste in our community. By working together with charities, the food industry, volunteers and businesses we provide food to the people who need it most," said Mr Langlands.
The victory came after each regional team gave an eight-minute presentation on their activities or project in a judging session held at the Turner Centre in Kerikeri. The teams were judged on that presentation and on a 1,000 word summary each group provided prior to the event.
As TrustPower National Community Award Supreme Winner, Kaibosh receives:
- a trophy
- $2,500 prize money
- a $500 voucher from Exult, a leading specialist training provider for the community sector
- a framed certificate.