Food Rescue

Food rescue is when an organisation like us recovers surplus food from growers, manufacturers, retailers (like supermarkets) and wholesalers to prevent this food from being wasted.

There can be a variety of reasons why there’s surplus food including food imperfections, incorrect packaging, discontinued products which can no longer be sold in shops, there’s limited shelf life on the product or it’s ripe and needs distributing as soon as possible!

We had an avocado farmer deliver 200kgs of fresh avocado because they were considered b-grade (so not acceptable quality for retailers) and they were already ripe so needed to be distributed quickly. We had those avocados out to our community the next day. Guac anyone?

Food rescue is the sweet solution between two global issues:

Food waste – a ⅓ of food produced around the world is wasted and we know that in New Zealand, households chuck out over $650 worth of uneaten food – that’s enough food to feed a family of four for two weeks!

Food insecurity – 1 in 9 people are undernourished and in New Zealand, 1 in 5 children face food insecurity.

By recovering food and redistributing this back into the community, we fulfill our mission to feed people, not landfill!

Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance

Fair Food are members of the Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (AFRA) which was formed in 2020 in recognition of the food rescue sector in New Zealand.

Facts About Food Rescue

If food waste was a country, it would be the third biggest emitter of carbon emissions behind the United States and China. And this is three times the amount of carbon of the aviation industry worldwide!

Facts About Food Rescue

New Zealand homes throw away 157,398 tonnes of food per year, all of which could have been eaten. This is enough food to feed the whole of Dunedin for nearly three years! Wasting this much food costs the average household $644 a year (Love Food Hate Waste NZ).

Facts About Food Rescue

Nearly half of all fruit and vegetables produced globally are wasted each year (United Nations Environment Programme).

Facts About Food Rescue

One in five children in New Zealand are living in households where food runs out (Child Poverty Related Indicators Report May 2021).

Facts About Food Rescue

The top wasted foods in New Zealand are bread, leftovers, oranges and mandarins, apples, and bananas (Love Food Hate Waste).

Our food rescue partners

We couldn’t thank these organisations enough who give us daily access to recover and rescue their surplus food. These guys are the champions when it comes to reducing food waste and making sure good food reaches those who need it most.
Become a food donor?

With a goal to reach zero food waste to landfill by 2025, the team at Countdown generously support Fair Food with both their food donations and financial support. As advocates for food rescue in New Zealand and partnering with food rescue organisations across the country, Countdown is one of our all-star staunch supporters.

Farro Fresh
Fair Food is Farro’s exclusive food rescue partner and we’ve been in partnership since 2012. Rescuing premium food from some of New Zealand’s finest food producers, we are always in awe at the quality and quantity of Farro’s range of products which are always hugely appreciated by our community groups.

Inghams Chicken
With a vision of being at the ‘heart of every table’, Inghams are a generous provider of frozen chicken to Fair Food which is always so warmly received as an essential source of protein for our communities.

Taylor Farms
Convenient, fresh and nutritious meals, salads and healthy fresh foods, Taylor Farms keep our communities nourished from fields to fork.

Life Health Foods by Sanitarium
With brands like Lisa’s Hummus and Naked Cuisine, Life Health Foods creates beautiful plant-based foods which are exactly the nutritious and healthy foods our communities need when facing food insecurity.

New Zealand Food Network
The New Zealand Food Network is like the mother of all food rescue! With a national network of food hubs (like us!), they share bulk surplus and donated food around the motu.

Our food recipients

Serving over 40+ community groups across Auckland, Fair Food supplies food to frontline community groups, social agencies and organisations who provide their clients with food to support their immediate needs. Each organisation is thoroughly assessed and a memorandum of understanding is signed with key terms and conditions.

Fair Food doesn’t provide food directly to the public. If you are wanting food assistance, please contact our partners below.

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