Funding now open for Food Rescue Partners

Countdown contestable fund of up to $100,000 now open

1 December 2016: Countdown’s Food Rescue partners can now apply for a slice of up to $100,000 to support their growth and help build capacity in the food rescue sector.

Countdown’s Food Rescue programme donates around $3.5 million of surplus food to foodbanks and food rescue groups, which would otherwise go to landfill.  An additional $1.2 million of food that is not suitable for people to eat is donated to farmers to help feed their animals.

All 183 Countdown stores have a food rescue partnership in place.  The newly-established Countdown Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund is open to any of those partners to apply for, with a focus on helping support capital expenditure or projects which have a direct impact on growing and building the capacity of Countdown’s food rescue partners.

James Walker, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, says that Countdown is committed to reducing food waste but food rescue organisations needed more support.

“Our food rescue partners work around the clock to help people who need food but there is limited funding available for these charity organisations to grow, to buy a new truck for more deliveries or a bigger fridge for example,” says James Walker.

“The contestable fund we’ve established will hopefully go a small way to increase this capacity, ensuring surplus food doesn’t go to landfill and that people in need are supported.”

The Countdown Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund is open for applications from 1 December 2016 through to 15 February 2017, with funding available from 1 March.

Application forms and criteria are available online: https://www.countdown.co.nz/community-environment/countdown-food-rescue

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