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 $3.7 million of food to foodbanks, plus an additional $2.1 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 ArmyFairFoodJust ZilchFoodShareKaiboshKiwiHarvestKaivolutionGood NeighbourKiwi 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 $500,000 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.


Winter Appeal 3 June - 30 June 2019

Help fill hungry tummies this winter

From 3 - 30 June, you can help stock The Salvation Army’s network of 69 foodbanks ahead of what’s expected to be another busy winter.

Through the colder months, The Salvation Army sees a high demand for food relief and foodbanks across New Zealand will be stretched thin.

How you can help

  • Donate food at any Countdown store via the designated purple Food Rescue bins
  • Donate a winter food bundle via The Foodbank Project, New Zealand’s only online foodbank:
  • Donate money in-store at the checkout.

Thanks for your support!