Food rescue charities to focus on expansion with new funding

Countdown has announced the recipients of its 2019 Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund, with $165,000 provided to 12 charities in this year’s round.  

Countdown has now donated more than $435,000 to food rescue partners over the last three years, which is designed to increase the capacity and help grow food rescue charities to collect surplus food and distribute it to Kiwis in need.

Kiri Hannifin, Countdown’s General Manager Corporate Affairs, Safety & Sustainability, says Countdown is extremely proud to support food rescue partners and the essential work they do in communities.

“Our food rescue partners play an incredible role in communities throughout New Zealand, ensuring that food that would otherwise go to waste goes to those who need it most.

“This not only supports Countdown’s own goal towards zero food waste to landfill but the need for assistance from our food rescue partners isn’t slowing down, so they’re a vital part of communities too,” says Kiri Hannifin.

Recipients of the 2019 Countdown Food Rescue Partners Contestable Fund are:

Good Neighbour in Tauranga receives $25,000 towards the salary of a Kitchen Manager for the Good Neighbour Kitchen.
Nourished for Nil in Hastings receives $25,000 to purchase a second vehicle to rescue more food across Hawkes Bay.
KiwiHarvest in Auckland receives $25,000 towards the development of a new educational initiative to highlight how food waste can be used to create meals.
City Harvest in Christchurch receives $19,700 to purchase a second vehicle to extend food rescue collections in Ashburton and Timaru.
Kaibosh Food Rescue in Wellington receives $15,000 to support their annual fundraising event, All Taste No Waste.
Auckland City Mission in Auckland receives $14,522 towards the purchase of a  vehicle to support their Foodlink programme.
Kairescue in Nelson receives $14,000 towards the salary of an additional driver and operational support.
Fair Food in Auckland receives $10,000 towards operational support while they set up their new base in Henderson.
Just Zilch in Palmerston North receives $5000 towards its Piece of Cake annual fundraising drive.
Love Soup in Hibiscus Coast receives $5000 towards operational support.
Halo Charitable Trust in Tokoroa, Taupo and Levin receives $4000 towards operational support.
Kiwi Community Assistance in Wellington receives $3000 towards operational support.


Hastings-based Nourished for Nil co-founder Christina McBeth explains that being able to purchase a second vehicle means their efficiency to rescue food and distribute it will dramatically increase.

“The funding Countdown has provided means that we will be three times more efficient and allow us to collect greater food volumes.  This will provide improved satellite distribution to the wider Hawkes Bay community where we support a range of social agencies who feed hungry Kiwis,” says Christina McBeth.                             

All Countdown stores across New Zealand partner with The Salvation Army and other food rescue organisations to donate food that would otherwise be destined for landfill.  In the last financial year, $3.7 million of food was donated to charities and a further $2.5 million of food scraps was donated to farmers for stock feed.

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