Why should you donate food?

  • It’s a free service and you also save on your own waste costs. We will collect your surplus food at no cost to you.
  • You will attract more customers. Our volunteers and friends are always keen to support the businesses that donate to us. Donating increases the value of your brand.
  • Your customers will love that you are reducing waste and donating to charities at the same time.
  • Donating your surplus food is good for staff morale and improves staff buy-in. Also, Good Neighbour Food Rescue will promote your brand for you, simply because you donate.
  • We have growing Facebook community, an expanding volunteer base, local community leaders who support us, and increasing name recognition and visibility in Tauranga. You will also be promoted at our fundraising events.
  • Donating is EASY! It’s no different to throwing food away. Instead of throwing food into a bin, just throw it into a bag or cardboard box for us to pick up.
  • Good Neighbour Food Rescue works around your schedule. We will collect your surplus food when it’s most convenient for you.

How do I donate food?

Please contact us to see what can be arranged. E-mail John at Good Neighbour Food Rescue and he will get back to you as soon as possible for a chat.

Email John at: john@goodneighbour.co.nz


Scheduled Donors 

Donors who consistently have excess food may be put on our rescue route for daily, weekly, or other regular pick-ups.  


Adhoc or One-Off Donors

You may have some one-off donations to make. That’s fine as well you can drop them to us:

Good Neighbour Building, 39B Burrows Street, Tauranga.  

We are open:   Monday to Friday 10:30 pm to 1:30 pm   


How about Food Safety regulations?

It is safe to donate. There are no regulations preventing businesses from donating surplus food. For details, download the New Zealand Food Safety Authority Donated Food Guidance.


We are committed to complying with high standards of food safety.

What food can be donated?

Food that we can receive:

  • Food from regulated food providers
  • Fresh produce, even with some bruising/decay  
  • Chopped fresh produce  
  • Prepared foods that are excess to requirements  
  • Frozen or fresh meat  
  • Dairy products  
  • Eggs  
  • Frozen foods  
  • Pre-packaged foods or meals in original packaging 


Food that we cannot receive:

  • Food that is not from a regulated food provider  
  • Home prepared food  
  • Food where the packaging has been damaged so that the sanitary seal has been compromised  
  • Oysters and other high risk seafood  
  • Anything containing alcohol  
  • Produce that is completely decayed

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