The Food Rescue concept is simple; our team collects food that is good to eat but not good enough to sell, to redistribute to local charities for use. Our team sorts, repackages and tailors it to the specific needs of each charity. Food can come from a variety of sources including markets, supermarkets, cafes and manufacturers. Any food that is donated cannot exceed its use by date and must meet the government’s food handling standards.
Donors benefit in a number of ways, including saving on waste disposal costs, while brands are enhanced as customers love the concept of food not being wasted.
Supporting donors are publicly acknowledged which improves brand identification and organisations are recognised for being environmentally and socially responsible. Staff morale is also increased as employees see food put to good use.
The environment and our community benefits.
We can’t think of any negatives!
Huge amounts of usable food are being wasted and ending up in landfill.
A September 2013 report by WasteNot consulting for WasteMINZ Behaviour Change Sector Group identified that total food waste to landfill from residential waste is estimated at 258,886 tonnes per annum, costing $751million. It is estimated that 10% or 25,889 tonnes of this waste could have been eaten.
A study by the Tauranga City Council in 2013 identified that food waste was as high as 30% of content of house hold rubbish bags. When decomposed in anaerobic conditions typical of landfills, food waste generates methane, a greenhouse gas with a global warming potential 25 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.
Food that is currently being wasted from sources such as supermarkets, caterers, cafes, markets and distributors is collected by a team of volunteers, sorted and distributed to a wide range of charities. Outcomes include reduced waste and food being used by those who need it most. We are highly collaborative and involve and benefit a wide cross section of our community.