Kaibosh Food Rescue in Kāpiti

If you are a food or hospitality business looking for a solution to some of your food and produce waste, then it is worth a conversation with Kaibosh. Kaibosh is New Zealand’s first food rescue organisation with three hubs operating in Wellington, the Hutt Valley, and Kāpiti-Horowhenua. How great that there is a branch here on the Kāpiti Coast!

Kaibosh links the food industry with community groups that support people in need ensuring that quality surplus food reaches those who are struggling rather than being needlessly discarded. This is an invaluable service that benefits both the community and the environment.

Kaibosh redistributes up to 60,000kg of quality surplus food each month to charities and community groups that support people in need. This is the equivalent of 171,429 meals provided to those who need it most, as well as a 17,940kg reduction in carbon emissions. Kaibosh provides this service at no cost to food donors, charities or community groups.


So how exactly does this food rescue process work for your business?

Reach out to Kaibosh to discuss the food donation your business would like to make. You will then be provided with information about the foods that Kaibosh does and doesn’t rescue, plus official food donation advice from the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI). If all of this aligns then a Memorandum of Understanding will be provided which outlines Kaibosh and your responsibilities when donating food.

Once your business is signed up as a food donor, the team will arrange a pick-up schedule that suits you. This may be a regular pick-up each day or week, or an ad hoc pick-up when you have food to donate. At the arranged time, a driver will collect the quality surplus food in a chiller truck.

Donated food is taken to the Kaibosh premises, where food sorting volunteers check it for quality before getting it ready for our community group recipients to collect. Food is handled and stored in line with the highest food safety standards throughout the entire process.

Kaibosh has a branch in Paraparaumu and with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers, they rescue and sort food. If your business is wanting to find out more then reach out to Ben Wakefield – Kāpiti-Horowhenua Operations Manager.

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 027 537 5532


Kaibosh are on a mission to be the link between the food industry and those that support people in need. If your business wants to help with the Zero Food Poverty, Zero Food Waste vision then it is worth a conversation to see what is possible.