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Kaibosh, Food Rescue

The team at Kaibosh provide a fantastic service to the community and we're proud to have played a small part in getting it started. Anoushka Isaac, Marketing & Communications Manager for Kaibosh, talks about where it all began:

"Kaibosh was founded in 2008, and it all began with a phone call from Wishbone. Donating their good quality, surplus food at the end of each day had proven unexpectedly tricky - many local community groups would have welcomed the food for their clients, but they couldn't collect it at that time.

Wishbone’s call to Women’s Refuge was answered by Robyn Langlands, a volunteer who soon became the co-founder of Kaibosh. Robyn and her husband George began collecting surplus sandwiches, salads, baked treats, drinks and ready meals from Wishbone stores at the end of each day – all delicious, healthy food; all in need of a good home. They stored this food overnight in their home fridge, and took it into Women’s Refuge the next day. 

Before long, there was more food than one community group could use, and the Langlands began sharing it with Wellington City Mission. Realising that there was much more food to be rescued in Wellington, they set about growing Kaibosh into the thriving community organisation it is today.

Since Kaibosh started, we’ve rescued more than 554 tonnes of quality surplus food – this translates to 1.5 million meals provided to people in need, as well as a 431 tonne reduction in carbon emissions. Of this, more than 156,174 meals has been food donated by Wishbone. Kaibosh provides our service at no cost to food donors or community groups, and is supported by more than 120 dedicated volunteers across their Wellington and Hutt Valley branches." 

To check out more about Kaibosh and their fantastic work in the community visit http://www.kaibosh.org.nz