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Friday, 26 April 2019 01:34 am

Kaibosh aims to save Hutt Valley food from the bin

Victoria Cotterell topic

WELLINGTON food rescue and redistribution service Kaibosh is looking to move into the Hutt Valley.

Kaibosh is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to stop edible food from being needlessly thrown away, and instead ensure that it reaches those in our community who are struggling.

The service needs an extra $80,000 a year to extend their organisation into the Hutt Valley.

Kaibosh is a registered charity and offers employees the opportunity to support Kaibosh each pay day. The donation can be deducted from regular pay, with 33% tax credit added on to the donation automatically.

Volunteer and communications manager for Kaibosh, Anoushka Isaac, who goes by “Noush” is hoping businesses and organisations in the Hutt Valley will get behind them and support the work they do.

“We’re exploring new funding avenues and hope that individuals, businesses and organisations operating in the Hutt will get behind us to the level that our Wellington supporters have,” she said.

In December 2012, Kaibosh rescued and redistributed a record 12,448kg of food, Noush said while they haven’t topped that figure, they have come close.

“It has become a pretty regular occurrence to see 10,000kg of food come in and go out in a month.”

Kaibosh currently provides rescued food regularly to 27 registered charities which work with disadvantaged or struggling people.

Wellington City Mission is one of the charities that is benefiting from Kaibosh.

“Being able to offer fresh fruit and vegetables to our drop-in centre guests and to families who receive food parcels is of great benefit when aiming for a balanced diet,” Michelle Branney from Wellington City Mission said.

Noush is happy to see that Wellingtonians are becoming more aware of food wastage, and believes businesses have begun to reduce waste.

“Businesses are getting more clued up about how to reduce food waste and they also know that consumers are paying more attention to this issue,” she said.

Noush has seen an increasing number of businesses wanting to donate the food they would otherwise have thrown away.

Image: (Victoria Cotterell)


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