Kai Rescue

The Kai Rescue Vision

A Sustainable Future for All

Did you knFirst supermarket collection Countdownow that approximately one-third of the food that is produced in Aotearoa New Zealand is thrown away? Kai Rescue believes that together we can do better.

Kai Rescue offers a friendly and efficient food rescue service that connects retailers with charities and helps the kai go around.

As of end of August 2017 Kai Rescue had diverted 33 tonnes of food to over 30 recipient groups.  This was achieved since the end of March 2017 when we did our first collection of food.

If you run a commercial outlet or an organisation that provides food to those in need please email us or phone on 03 545 9176 to learn how you can become involved.

Check out our brochure here.


A little goes a long way

FoodFor commercial businesses, dealing with food that is not commercially viable can be a hassle. Kai Rescue’s friendly, efficient pick-up service turns a potential hassle into an opportunity – reducing food waste and filling tummies that might otherwise be hungry! What may seem like a little food waste commercially can go a long way in the community.


Our first Kai Rescue action rescued one tonne of food from a local food manufacturer and redistributed it to eight different community groups.

What Kai Rescue offers

Ruth, Jenny and Gileen rescuing feijoa juice bladders on the first day!Food retailers need to be able to move surplus food on in a timely and efficient way. With our refrigerated pick-up service, cool room and freezer facilities, Kai Rescue ensures that any food surpluses are collected efficiently and well cared for post pick-up.

Kai Rescue frees up charities to focus on their core purposes rather than food collection. And because we work with multiple retailers we can supply charities with a greater variety and quantity of food.

Redistributing food that is good enough to eat but not good enough to sell reduces the strain on landfills and provides a sustainable solution for managing food surpluses.

By donating rather than discarding their food surplus, retailers can have a positive impact on the lives of disadvantaged people, decrease their costs and lessen their impact on the environment.

Kai Rescue will collect –

  • crops that are edible but not commercially viable/non spec.
  • fresh produce, even with some bruising/decay
  • prepared foods that are excess to requirements
  • sandwiches, bread and bakery products
  • frozen or fresh meat
  • dairy products
  • eggs
  • pre-packaged food or meals in original packaging
  • non-alcoholic beverages
  • food whose packaging has been damaged in some way so long as the safety seal has not been compromised.