News | 3 May 2024
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Friday Five: Food for thought

As long-time supporters of Kaibosh Food Rescue, Wellington City Council is encouraging everyone to put the kai into Kaibosh this month for Give a Meal in May | Haratua Takoha Kai.

Kaibosh Wellington volunteer Daniel with box of food for recipients.
Kaibosh volunteer Daniel - credit Jenn Hadley.

By the numbers

Wellington City Council has been a proud supporter of Kaibosh since it started in 2008.

From small beginnings, Kaibosh now has three branches open across Wellington. They support over 140 charities and organisations including soup kitchens, marae, foodbanks, residential facilities, and other essential social service providers around the Greater Wellington Region.

To date they have provided more than 11.5 million meals with 4,053,331 kilograms of food redistributed. This food waste diversion has resulted in a staggering 10,741,326kg C02e carbon emission reduction.

Geeta and Manjit from EKTA charity recipient of Kaibosh food rescue.
Geetha and Manjit from EKTA - credit Jenn Hadley.

Give a Meal in May

For every $20 donated, Kaibosh can provide 40 meals worth of kai to those who need it most. Help ensure good kai is available to everyone in our communities. Find out more and how to Give a Meal in May at Or help spread the word by sharing their social media posts on Facebook or Instagram.

Harbourside Market vendor with food destined for Kaibosh food rescue.
Harbourside Market - credit Jenn Hadley.

Get involved

Kaibosh has around 200 dedicated volunteers helping them with the collection and sorting of food across their three food rescue hubs. There are a range of volunteer roles including food sorting, driver food rescue support, and market rescue. Training is provided and shifts vary according to the roles – a reasonable level of fitness is required.

Harbourside Market

Many of the produce market vendors at Harbourside Market have been donating quality surplus to Kaibosh Food Rescue for over 12 years. Check out the Kaibosh fundraiser stall at the market this Sunday 5 May.

Boxes of food at Kaibosh destined for recipients.
Food parcels at Kaibosh - credit Jenn Hadley.

The new kai on the block

Last month Kaibosh opened a new production kitchen in Pito-one. The new cooking zone is turning ‘second-sort’ food into passata, preserves, pickles and more.

Second-sort kai like squishy tomatoes, damaged vegetables, and bruised fruit make up about two percent of Kaibosh’s collections – often it’s the seasonal surplus which previously went to compost – now this kai goes towards helping make 300 more meals worth of food a week for people most in need.

Watch out each Friday for a fun list of five great activities to do, places to explore, or things to discover in our awesome city.