A ‘food rescue’ organisation prevents food from being wasted by collecting and redistributing food to people in need. Their work is targeting two challenging problems:
1. Food waste:
a third of the food produced globally is wasted from farm to fork.
In Aotearoa, the average New Zealand household spends over
$650 on wasted food each year.
2. Food insecurity:
one in nine people globally are undernourished.
In New Zealand, one in five children face food insecurity.
Our food rescue alliance members recognise that larger factors play into both of these challenging problems – such as the cost of living and business activities. But we are here to offer a local, practical solution to meet immediate hunger needs and prevent food going to landfill.
Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance (AFRA) supports the food rescue sector in Aotearoa , New Zealand to prevent food waste and nourish communities.
AFRA supports food rescue organisations in the following ways:
Food Rescue in Aotearoa
fully equipped food rescue organisations to meet supply and demand
informed and evidenced best practice
greater impact through collective impact
policy and practice influenced by local action
Matt Dagger is General Manager of Kaibosh Food Rescue which operates in Wellington, the Hutt Valley and the Kapiti & Horowhenua Regions.
Matt grew up in Auckland but has called Wellington home since coming here over 25 years ago. He lives on Wellington's South Coast with Chloe and their 5 year old son Marl.
Working in Community Development over the past 10 years, Matt thinks there can be nothing crazier in this world than quality surplus food being thrown away when people don’t have enough to eat. Matt sees Kaibosh’s food rescue service as an important contribution to community groups that are working hard to help the less fortunate whilst minimising needless food waste.
Just Zilch (GM)
Rebecca grew up in Upper Hutt and moved to Palmerston North to complete a Bachelor of Communications at Massey University. After a few years, while volunteering, the idea for a free store, Just Zilch, came up. After nine months of planning with a small team Rebecca found herself to be the founder of this now successful organisation.
Ten years later Rebecca is the Managing Director of Just Zilch, which serves Palmerston North and the wider region. Rebecca has assisted a dozen free stores to open around the country and inspired people overseas as well.
Rebecca is passionate about food rescue and the diverse range of practices, including free stores and food rescue distribution. She wants to see rescue models throughout New Zealand and access to good food for everyone.
Food Rescue Northland, Manager
Pete is of Maʻukean - Ngāti Teʻakatauira - and Pākehā descent. He grew
up in Taranaki, lived in Wellington for a decade, and moved to Whangārei 8 years ago.
Prior to working for One Double Five Community House, his professional
experience was in hospitality.
Due to his strong social and environmental justice values, he leapt at the chance to be involved with Food Rescue Northland in 2017.
From weighing avocados in the back of a van in a carpark, solo, to running the sophisticated, streamlined operation that exists now, has been an incredible journey for him and his amazing team.
He considers himself fortunate to hold this values-driven position, but desires a future where food insecurity is non-existent, and the seriousness of climate change is avoided.
AFRA Board Member
Devanga grew up and is based in Te Awakairangi Lower Hutt. She cares about designing empathetic public services that don't leave people behind and is a senior advisor at the Ministry for Pacific Peoples.
Devanga has led and advised on work from a user-centred design lens in multi-disciplinary teams across the public and state sectors with a background in communications, user experience and service design.
Dawn is a highly regarded sector specialist with over 20 years of national and international experience. She has a broad background in community to local and central government (policy development) and commercial producing. In doing this, she has covered strategic, curatorial and operational elements across the spectrum.
She has been instrumental in bringing people together to collaborate in the development, implementation and execution of regional arts and culture strategic action plans, managing high-performing delivery teams, and establishing and implementing projects and productions.
Dawn is extremely excited to be serving and supporting the Food Rescue sector, which is vital to so many communities in need, and a game-changer for our country. She will begin developing an online digital engagement space serving Aotearoa Food Rescue Alliance’s stakeholders as soon as she is on board 8th March, along with working closely with the board to implement the strategic plan focussed on Advocacy, Best Practice, Capacity Building and Collaboration.
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Gareth served for a decade as a Member of Parliament and in his last term was the Chairperson of the Social Services and Community Select Committee.
He has a long background campaigning for the environment and prior to Parliament worked for Greenpeace. Gareth lives on Quarantine island/Kamau Taurua with his wife Meghan and two kids.
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Meghan believes in the power of connection to make the world a better place. Starting a career in book publishing, Meghan retrained as an app developer and was a co-founder of Manu, a female-led software development business. She is inspired by the potential of technology to improve society and strengthen community, and is a skilled communicator and communications expert.
Always keen for adventure, Meghan is the Resident Manager of Quarantine Island/Kamau Taurua where she lives with her husband Gareth and their two kids.
Meghan is passionate about collaborating with people who are work ambitiously to make Aotearoa a safe, exciting and sustainable place for now and the future.
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Researcher - Social Return on Investment
Grace moved to Dunedin to do a BSc in Food Science at the University of Otago. She grew up in Brazil, where she spent almost 8 years of her childhood.
Since then, she has kept an open mind towards research possibilities, exploring opportunities as they arose, and pursuing things that interested her.
Grace has written a dissertation titled “The Impact of Covid-19 on Food Rescue Organisation", been a Research Assistant and is now working with the University of Otago Food Waste Innovation Research Theme, as both a doctoral student and a Student Impact Leader. Her doctoral study is looking at Upcycled Food and the Circular Food Economy.
Grace is using a Social Return on Investment methodology to quantify the social impact of food rescue, as she knows that to achieve legitimacy and obtain funding as a non-profit organisation in a society of depleting resources, proving your value will be imperative for future success. Through this process, she will explore avenues for upcycling rescued food into new food products where profits are circulated back into food rescue.
Data Researcher - Impact Project
Dan has a background in technology and business, having worked as a tech lead in multiple software startups, in addition to developing software solutions within the food rescue sector.Dan is interested in using data and technology to understand and enhance the impact of the food rescue sector. He is currently based in Wellington.