Fair Food was born from a community co-design project and has attracted many people because of our mission.
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 were to:
Some of the original community groups that Fair Food collaborated with and still partner with today are the GlenAvon Trust, Leataata O Tapulaga, Te Ata Mental Health and Ranui Community Centre. You can find our full list of current recipients here
Being a food rescue organisation means we supply frontline community groups with free food – were not the food bank and don’t distribute food directly to the public.
We recover, collect and redistribute surplus food seven days a week, and there is no cost to either the food donor or the recipient for our service. It’s our way to connect surplus food with those who need it most.
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 aim to ‘Feed People Not Landfill’ by rescuing good quality good that would otherwise be going to waste. This food then gets re-distributed back into the community.