Countdown Food Rescue

Countdown Food Rescue

Wherever possible, Countdown’s policy is to donate safe, high-quality surplus food to The Salvation Army and other local food rescue charities and foodbanks throughout New Zealand.

This is part of our goal towards zero food waste and it also directly helps those New Zealanders who might otherwise go hungry. Each year this equates to around $5.2 million of food to foodbanks, plus an additional $1.7 million of food to farmers as food scraps for their animals.

Customers can donate too through specially marked food donation bins in-store.  Or donate online through The Foodbank Project, New Zealand’s first online foodbank and a collaboration between Countdown and The Salvation Army.

Our partners include The Salvation Army, FairFood, Just Zilch, Kaibosh, KiwiHarvest, Kaivolution, Good Neighbour, Kiwi Community Assistance, and City Harvest.



The Foodbank Project

In 2015 Countdown, The Salvation Army and Nelson-based web developers Lucid, launched New Zealand’s first online food donation initiative, The Foodbank Project which enables donors to choose items that are most-needed by The Salvation Army’s foodbanks.  Countdown delivers donated items to the nearest participating Salvation Army foodbank through our online shopping network, for free. We also donate profits made on the items donated to The Salvation Army.

So far New Zealanders have donated more than $1million worth of goods to people in need through The Foodbank Project.

Green Ribbon Awards

We're proud to say we won the Business Leadership category at last year's (2017) Green Ribbon Awards for our work in reducing food waste.


Countdown Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund 2019

To ensure we’re financially contributing to building a sustainable food rescue sector, our Countdown Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund has seen more than $742,749 awarded over the past four years.

Countdown’s Contestable Fund is designed to help grow the capacity and/ or capability of our existing food rescue partners to collect safe, quality surplus food from Countdown supermarkets around the country. 

In 2020, the majority of the $200,249 awarded went towards helping our partners expand their operations, whether that’s buying a new vehicle to transport products, a new chiller or hiring more team.