Fair Food was created from a community co-design project and has stayed true to its local roots in West Auckland since 2011.
The idea of food rescue emerged from the Waitakere Wellbeing Collaboration Project under the Food Security Call to Action. Food rescue was an evolution of the original ‘Free Store Waitakere 2011’ project which proved that food insecurity was very real in West Auckland.
With the original tagline, ‘Addressing Hunger. Tackling Food Waste’ the key objectives for Fair Food are to
A few of the original community groups that Fair Food still partners with today are the Glenavon Trust, Leataata O Tapulaga, and Te Ata Mental Health. You can find our full list of recipient organisations here
Food is not the solution to chronic hunger. We supply frontline community groups with free food, so they can relieve the pain of hunger while addressing a person’s full needs. We don’t distribute food directly to individuals on site.
We collect and share surplus food seven days a week, and there is no cost to the food donor or the recipient. Our Conscious Kitchen cooks hundreds of meals each week in addition to the fresh food that’s distributed to people recovering from trauma, needing a safe place to sleep, missing school because of hunger, or anyone else who needs a helping hand.
We’ve evolved a lot since 2011 but our purpose remains the same, ‘Share good food for all to eliminate food waste.’
This purpose also aligns with the UN Sustainable Development Goals to support #ZeroHunger #ResponsibleConsumption #ClimateAction #PartnershipsfortheGoals.
We Feed People Not Landfill by rescuing good quality food that would otherwise go to waste. This kai is shared through a network of more than 50 local charities across Auckland.
Her Excellency, The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand has chosen Fair Food for Vice-regal patronage. Fair Food were honoured to host Their Excellencies in our Conscious Kitchen.
Often, people don't think about toiletries, personal care, or cleaning items when they're donating to a food bank, but these are very much needed, especially in homes that are still rebuilding after the flood.