Addressing Food Poverty
Everyone in New Zealand should have access to healthy and affordable food. We're delighted to support organisations that are working hard to make this happen.
Foodstuffs to the (food) rescue
We're proud to support many wonderful organisations that are working hard to make healthy and affordable food accessible to everyone in New Zealand.
Every one of our New World and PAK’nSAVE stores has a relationship with a foodbank or food rescue organisation, and so do many of our Four Square stores. Over the past year alone, we've provided more than 8.9 million meals to Kiwis in need nationally through our food rescue partnerships. In the South Island, we provided more than 2 million meals.
Here’s a snapshot of the food rescue organisations we support:
The process of getting food into the hands of these organisations consists of two steps:
1. Stores set aside safe edible food they're unable to sell, as well as donations of food they've received from customers in their in-store drop-off boxes.
2. Stores then pass the donations on to their partner organisations, who provide food to Kiwis in need.
Partnering with food rescue organisations also lets us ‘close the loop’ and reduce the food waste we send to landfill.
The New World Family2family Appeal
Many households struggle to put food on the table and rely on the City Missions and local food banks to feed their families. In many cases one or more family members are working, but they cannot afford to pay the bills and feed their family, especially in winter when household costs are higher.
New World’s Family2family Foodbank Appeal, where every New World in New Zealand teams up with their local food bank, supports this need. New Zealanders pick up a special brown paper bag in-store, fill it with foodbank friendly items as they do their own shopping, and leave it in the donation box after they've paid. Food is then taken to local food banks, who distribute it to those who need it.
Our 2021 appeal saw over 20,000 bags donated to local food banks, thanks to our amazing customers, with New World matching contributions up to $250,000!