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Plenty of food that’s good enough to eat (but not good enough to sell) is disposed of every day. Kaibosh Food Rescue is aiming to change all that by collecting extra food and distributing it to charities. Now they're calling on Kiwis to donate the cost of a meal – so they can expand their mission to help out the hungry
Wellington-based Kaibosh Food Rescue collects extra food from markets, cafes and bakeries to pass on to local charities. They're a registered non-profit and since 2008 have successfully redistributed more than 31,000 kilograms of food to people in need.
Kaibosh started out with founders Robyn and George Langlands rescuing food one night a week and storing it in their home fridge. This year, they're aiming to raise $20,000 to buy and install a walk-in refrigerated room.
Robyn says the cool room will help Kaibosh expand their services. “Kaibosh’s work is extremely limited by our lack of large, chilled storage space. Our current cold storage is at its limit and without a walk-in room we can’t expand any further.,”
Those who donate will be rewarded in a unique way, she adds. “We want people and organisations who really get behind the campaign to receive something in return. Any one person or organisation who donates more than $1,000 will become a 2012 Food Rescue Hero and get their name printed on the side of our chiller van for all to see.”
Kaibosh’s 2011 Miss a Meal in May Day raised more than $15,000, which they used to buy a chiller van.