Attended by almost 100 dignitaries and other supporters, the official opening of the new KiwiHarvest HQ in February was a celebration of the important work undertaken by Auckland’s new food rescue programme.
The not-for-profit organisation, founded by Chief Executive Officer Deborah Manning in Dunedin in 2012, collects quality surplus fresh food from supermarkets, wholesalers, growers, cafes and caterers, delivering it to local charities who then distribute it to people in need.
Since beginning operations KiwiHarvest has delivered the equivalent of 750,000 meals to over 100 charities – this has saved over 260 tonnes of good food from landfill. While food rescue is its core focus, education and engaging communities are also strategic objectives.
Goodman has been a key supporter of KiwiHarvest facilitating its expansion into Auckland, helping the social venture reach more people in need. The new warehouse/distribution and office facility at Central Park Corporate Centre in Greenlane will provide the platform for the organisations plans to double its food rescue contributions. Constructed from repurposed shipping containers the new premises reflect the recycling and sustainability themes that characterise KiwiHarvest.
Deborah Manning said, “In February we collected and distributed 20 tonnes of food which provided 58,000 meals. In March, when we started utilising our new warehousing and chiller facilities, we collected 48 tonnes of food which provided 137,000 meals. This more than doubling of volume can be solely attributed to having the physical ability to receive, store and distribute bulk products from our HQ.”
To learn more about KiwiHarvest or if you’d like to contribute check out the website at www.kiwiharvest.org.nz