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Since our chefs work around the clock to make fresh food every day, you may wonder what happens to our food not sold in-store before our 'best before' date. We are proud to work with a number of great charities around New Zealand who ensure our food goes to a good home.
In Christchurch we work with Ronald McDonald House, providing delicious and nutritious wishbone meals to those in need.
In Auckland we support the Christian Foodbank.
In Dunedin we support the local Hospice and were also the first supporters of the food rescue scheme FoodShare, whose core aim is to reduce food poverty in their community.
In Wellington we support Ronald Mc Donald House and have also been working with local food rescue charity Kaibosh since it began in 2008. They specialise in giving fresh, nutritious food and non-alcoholic drinks to disadvantaged people. They regularly collect our surplus food and deliver it to community groups that support people in need (before the 'best before' date obviously).
We're really proud to support these charities provide our freshly made food (traditional food banks generally distribute canned or dried food) to those in times of need, such as Jo below. And because it's better for the environment - less waste ends up in the landfill too!
As of the end of 2016 we had donated the equivalent of over 66,000kg of food to organisations in need. That's the equivalent of 190,000 meals, that's sandwiches, salads, meal, soups and wraps that have gone to a good home - with 100% love.
"Dear Wishbone team, I am writing to say a massive thank you for the way your company blessed us while we were at Ronald McDonald house in Chch...We didn't have to worry about where to go for healthy food and we weren't stressing over the cost of food.Thank you so much"....
Ever since we opened our first Wishbone store, we have listened carefully to what our customers have wanted. We know you care about the environment – so do we. We are always looking to improve and appreciate that there is still room for improvement in our processes.
We use certified carbon neutral, biodegradable /Recyclable coffee cups and lids; PLA soup bowls(PLA has a CO2footprint 75% less than conventional plastics – even if it ends up in landfill.; recyclable, biodegradable and compostable film packaging for our Chilled Tortilla Wrap Packaging. Wishbone packaging is also free of BPA and its' derivatives *based on current Supplier Evaluation.
At our main kitchen we recycle our plastic and tins and use "Kai to Compost" to dispose of our food scraps. We know there are hundreds of little things we can do to make a difference and there is still progress to be done. While it’s a huge job, we’re committed to making Wishbone more sustainable one step at a time.