Kaibosh food rescue

In August 2015, Kaibosh Food Rescue opened a long-required second branch in Lower Hutt. Despite their best attempts at determining needs and budgets prior to opening, they soon discovered that funding secured for staff salaries was not enough given the amount of work needed to establish and operate the new branch.

An anonymous donor from The Gift Trust came to the rescue with a $15,000 donation to fill part of the funding hole that they were facing, allowing them to extend the employment of key staff by around 10 hours a week for the year.

Since launch, their new branch has gone from strength to strength, offering a robust and valuable service to assist people in the Hutt Valley who are struggling with issues of food insecurity.

One year on from this donation, a site visit to Kaibosh showed the highly measurable impact that this donation has achieved. This $15,000 donation last year directly helped to:

  • Rescue 6,880 kilos of food in Lower Hutt
  • Provide 19,657 meals across 12 charities in Lower Hutt
  • Save 5,366 kg of carbon emissions

These figures are calculated on a $2.18 cost per kilo of food rescued (calculated over a 3-month rolling period during June 16-August 16).  Their aim this year is to focus on efficiency and reduce the cost per kilo of food rescued down to $1.50!

The Lower Hutt branch now accounts for 37% of all the food Kaibosh rescues and is likely to increase to 50% in the next year as they bring on more food donors.

In July 2016, The Lower Hutt branch, along with the Wellington Central branch collectively rescued 17,325 kilos of food waste, provided 49,500 meals and made a 13,487 kilo reduction in carbon emissions.

With the help of 40 dedicated volunteers, Kaibosh Lower Hutt now works with eight regular food donors – including five Countdown supermarkets – and supports 12 community groups, including Kokiri Marae, Common Unity, Lower Hutt Food Bank and Refugee Trauma Recovery.

General Manager Matt Dagger says:

“Getting the Lower Hutt branch up and running has been a big job but now that all is operating smoothly there is a real sense of achievement, especially because we are getting such great feedback from the charities we are supporting. A huge thanks to your donor for the help with this!”

To decrease their cost per kilo, they aim to start collecting from more food donors on their waitlist as soon as possible. The main challenge they face is accessing funding to increase their staff hours, to enable them to do even more, and do it better! 

Read more at www.kaibosh.org.nz